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Old 09-30-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default Help with Pumpkin ale tap handle

I have a small ceramic pumpkin that I want to turn into a tap handle for my pumpkin ale. it is about three inches tall and has a small hole on the bottom. I was thinking about filling the inside of the pumpkin with something then use a drill tap to make the female threads for the tap handle. If anyone has an opinion as to what is the best way to go about this, i am all ears.

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another thought , can I use a dremel tool with a diamond grinder to enlarge the opening on the bottom, then use a tap insert and epoxy to fill the cavity?

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THAT IS SO AWESOME! Man, I've been getting the bug to make handles out of randomness from around that house and you've motivated me to do so.

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another thought , can I use a dremel tool with a diamond grinder to enlarge the opening on the bottom, then use a tap insert and epoxy to fill the cavity?
That sounds like a solid idea to me. Not sure on how well the ceramic will take to a dremel, though....
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just find a brass or SS adapter to fit the size of your existing hole and adapt to a tap handle, short piece of all thread, fill with epoxy.

cheap chinese ceramic VS a dremel tool.......maybe if you had a few spares for backup.

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just find a brass or SS adapter to fit the size of your existing hole and adapt to a tap handle, short piece of all thread, fill with epoxy.

cheap chinese ceramic VS a dremel tool.......maybe if you had a few spares for backup.
I can just get another one from target, lol
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You could fill the inside with epoxy, set a screw in the epoxy, and add a short wooden dowel to the bottom on which you could mount the threads for the tap, you'd have a bit more height from it if you'd like.

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Here is the update, I used my dremel tool with a fine grind stone to bore out the hole on the bottom of the pumpkin. It worked great, but right as I finished the tip broke. So my next step is to create the female threads in side of the pumpkin. I think I want to use a dual thread insert and fill the rest of the cavity with epoxy. If I go this rout should I fill the whole thing with epoxy then drill out the 1/2" hole and screw into the epoxy (I don't think this will work), or should I insert the insert into the wet epoxy and let it cure (how do you prevent the epoxy from getting into the threads?). Any thoughts?

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Can you fill it with epoxy, then stick a dowel rod into the wet epoxy, then drill and tap the dowel? Or cover the back side of the insert with duct tape and set it in the epoxy directly?

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Fill it with plaster and set a Tap Handle threaded insert into it.
Found here.
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/TAPHA...P1152C136.aspx

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Fill it with plaster and set a Tap Handle threaded insert into it.
Found here.
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/TAPHA...P1152C136.aspx
will the plaster shrink when it sets/drys?
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