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Old 01-17-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Who's made their own tap handles?

I'm looking for some ideas. I already have one under way but will be making more.. I would have something to show but it's so cold outside (-30) that I snapped the power cords on 2 of my power tools today out in the shed.. I guess I'll wait to finish until it warms up..

lets see some pics.. I remember seeing some nice hand carved ones.. Just wondering how you attached the nut to the wood? I planing on maybe turning some nice Maple or Oak into a handle but i'm not sure about how to attach it!

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Old 01-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #2
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I didn't actually make these tap handles but I bought them because I could put switch out my own label creations when the kegs changed.

I bought them from Taphandles Inc. - Custom Beer tap handle, tap marker, and tap knob supplier. We design and manufacture quality tap handles, tap markers, and tap knobs for breweries of all sizes.

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Old 01-17-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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I've made one, so far. It's not completely done yet - needs some paint - and I already have the idea for the other tap, just gathering parts now.

The ideas I used came from my username, with one handle representing the golf side and the other representing the motorcycle side. The golf side is a real golf ball and on a "tee" made of machine aluminum. The other side will be a motorcycle grip and brake lever (got this idea after seeing a picture of a similar one).

Will post pics when they're done.

Edit - if you're using metal, of course you can machine the threads into your base, but if you're using wood you can buy the inserts online and maybe a hardware store (I picked up a few at Lowes).

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Old 01-18-2009, 01:06 AM   #4
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Check guitar center/pro music stores.

'Euro' microphone adapters are the same inside thread as tap adapters.

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Old 01-18-2009, 01:35 AM   #5
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Here is one source for threaded inserts that will work in wood
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:05 PM   #6
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I really like the label on the right; Nice work!

I got cheap old english pub handles from adventures in home brewing mad cheap ($15)- was planning on adding a plate/frame with removable inserts, but my dad picked up a lathe. Hmm...
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:01 AM   #7
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Here's my first one after a rather shoddy paint job.

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:06 AM   #8
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i made this one


well i didnt really make it. i just sanded the paint off and drilled and tapped the bottom.

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Is a Top Flight the best brand you had available?

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Is a Top Flight the best brand you had available?
Twas the only one I had. The others are stashed away in the cart and my co-worker won't give me any Pro VIs to use
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