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Old 03-13-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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SWMBO got me a Haier 2 tap kegerator for my 30th B-Day coming up next week. I went on the search for tap handles and realized they are freakin expensive!



So I took a trip to Lowes and this is what I came up with... Let me know what you think.

2 3/8 Threaded insert
2 5/16 Threaded insert
2 Pine Plinth block (from trim section) these are the faces
2 6" Early American wooden legs
2 Drawer pulls (on top)

Total cost less than $20 for 2

I had on hand black glossy spray paint, wood glue, and chalkboard paint.

Sorry I didn't take pics throughout the build - but I can give a quick rundown.

First I rubbed them down with wood filler to fill in the cracks cause by the grain, let that dry a few hours and sanded it smooth.

Then I drilled a 1/2" hole through the bottom of the legs to fit the 3/8 inserts for the faucets.

Drill the 3/8 hole for the insert for the plinth block - this will allow you to change out tops... if you want to make a label for each of your beers and interchange them instead of using chalkboard paint.

Paint paint paint, drill hole for drawer pull, glue drawer pull and attached to kegerator. TADA!

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Old 03-13-2010, 01:06 PM   #2
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Nice work! I'm digging those a lot.

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Old 03-13-2010, 04:19 PM   #3
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those are nearly identical to what I did. how did you do the bottom where it goes into the faucet? that is the biggest pain in the a** part. I couldn't get the drill to stay centered very well. even with pilot holes.

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Those blocks are exactly what I'm looking for. Plinth is the word I guess. I was wondering what I was going to use. Thanks for this. Are they only finished with the border on three sides? Thinking of making a similar one but shorter.

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the drawer hardware is a nice touch,

Great job man

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Great work! Looks top notch, thanks for the write-up as well.

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Very nice. Good inspiration for everyone else too.

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Thanks for the kind words guys... I am pretty stoked to use these things. Since I wasn't set up for kegging and SWMBO wants to have beer flowing my my party next weekend I will be filling with SA Noble Pils and Rogue Dead Guy for next weekend. Gunna have to get some colored chalk to do the artwork.

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those are nearly identical to what I did. how did you do the bottom where it goes into the faucet? that is the biggest pain in the a** part. I couldn't get the drill to stay centered very well. even with pilot holes.
The holes on the bottom were a big pain, what I did was clamp them into the vise on my workbench wrapped in a towel. I used a wood bit, it has a nice sharp point to dig in and guide and I went really slow. I still cracked the wood a bit putting the inserts in, but a little wood filler and sanding took care of the damage.


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Those blocks are exactly what I'm looking for. Plinth is the word I guess. I was wondering what I was going to use. Thanks for this. Are they only finished with the border on three sides? Thinking of making a similar one but shorter.
Yeah they are only finished on three sides, they are made for trim around doorways, to be placed at the bottom. I like it because they give a bit more surface area for the chalkboard paint instead of losing that 1/4 inch for the border at the bottom. I guess you could also make your own and route a design on the edges.
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FYI for anyone who does this... Best way to clean the chalkboard paint is with a damp piece of cloth, gives it back its dark color without smudges of chalk on it before you write something new on it.

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great idea -- inexpensive, quick, relatively easy and they look great to boot. HOWEVER i found (the hard way) that if you have a 3-tap tower you have to knock 1 .75" off of the bottom of the block that you intend to use for your center tap... or else you might end up with some sort of beer rube-goldberg machine.

a little painters tape on either side and a relatively small-toothed blade on my little circular saw worked like a charm.

great idea, thanks!

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