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Old 07-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default Experimental tap handles

I started out wanting to make a few unique taps for myself which got me into experimenting with different materials. I'm also trying to perfect the inserted threads with some success. I cut all of the wood from logs that I either harvested or were given to me with the exception of the redwood. As you can see from the pics duplication is not my strong suit.

In the first pic there are two spalted maple in the middle and the ones at each end are redwood burl. The maple ones were by far the hardest to turn due to the the wood having hard and soft spots. Hardener had to be applied to the soft spots so it wouldn't tear out in chunks while on the lathe. Plus the softer areas will sand more quickly, warping the wood without it.



The next set I finished are all wild cherry burl that I force dried. Since most burls will have voids I decided to fill them with an aqua colored resin.



The last pic looks like a small child painted the letters on them, its actually more colored resin. Once they were turned I free handed them with a router, it was a real pain due to the round surface. This was my first attempt at routing letters which explains the sloppiness or maybe it's because I'm a lefty. The IPA one is Ash and the ALE one is Cherry.

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:01 PM   #2
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Nice. I have a friend who is making me some nice turned taphandles.

I like the colored resin in the cherry ones.

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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nice! that wood is beautiful. i like the plain wood ones a lot. but that resin has a really unique look too. kudos

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:00 PM   #4
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Real Nice!

Plan on selling them at all?

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Would you consider making ball tap handles from the same woods? I expect to be ready for faucets/taps for my kegs within a month or two. I have vertical space limitations for where they would go, which is why I'm thinking the ball ones would be a better fit. Although I have yet to actually measure what the clearance would be for the handles.

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Old 07-20-2011, 02:05 AM   #6
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Thanks for the comments. I wanted to keep the shapes simple which shows off the wood best. The first four were actually made for someone but that fell through so I kept them. I plan on converting a chest freezer with at least six taps but I haven't found one for a good price yet. I made the Cherry burl taps to see if the resin would hold and it does.

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Golddiggie: Where you are limited in height, round tap handles sound cool but you would be limited in diameter also. They would have to be small enough so they wouldn't touch the faucet mounting surface, like on a keezer. Don't forget your hand has to fit on there too. PM sent

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So how big/how do you drill the holes for the insert threads? I think im gonna make a handle out of a wood baseball bat handle that i broke.

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Don't say "duplication is not my strong suit", say they're individually crafted and each piece is unique!

What if you router in the letters before putting them in the lathe so you can cut the letters while the surface is still flat?

Even though you're still experimenting your prototypes look damm good.

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Real nice job. I've turned some lamps and bowls myself and really enjoy turning different shapes. That's the beauty of woodworking each piece has its own character.

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Thanks again for the compliments.

TJTHEBEST: The steel coarse threaded ones I ordered are kind of heavy duty. For these I use a 31/64" drill bit.

outside92129: That's a good idea to router the letters first. I will probably have to carve the letters deeper and maybe make two passes. I'm not sure but once I turn turn the taps the letters may become distorted. I wont know for sure until I try it though. Thanks for the idea

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