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Old 07-20-2012, 06:06 PM   #11
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Is it pretty easy to make the threads in the bottom?

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Old 07-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #12
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Is it pretty easy to make the threads in the bottom?
This is to me the hardest part. I'm using brass thread inserts, you have to drill a hole center on the wood (did this first w/ an engine lathe and center set. then tap it so the thread insert will screw in. with the thin walls i was having issues with the wood wanting to split out. I'm looking for some better inserts for my next build.
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I dig the handles. They look really nice. I have a few objects laying around that I would like to use and was thinking about making a supportive wooden base for them. I didn't know how difficult it was. Was thinking about using a tap and die, but your method seems like it might be easier.

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I see Revvy used "T-nuts" for his, I may try those for my next ones. Much cheaper too.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/T-Nut-1XGJ1

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I see Revvy used "T-nuts" for his, I may try those for my next ones. Much cheaper too.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/T-Nut-1XGJ1
I've used the knurled press-in inserts (for plastic) before and they have plenty of holding power.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/Knu...U42?Pid=search

I bought mine from McMaster-Carr and believe they were a bit cheaper.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #16
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It was pretty fun making them as I made them all off the cuff. Just started digging into them. If I decide to make some more i may put some up for sale. We'll see.
For what it's worth, I would buy some. They look great -- I don't think you would have any trouble selling them.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:24 AM   #17
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New Tap Handles for the Keezer worked out on the lathe.
Few in-progress pics.
Woods used are Hedge, Cherry, and Walnut.
I like your tap handles. I recently bought some sycamore turning blanks for making three tap handles for my beer fridge. I named my home brewery Sycamore Valley Brewing because there are about 20 sycamore trees in the valley behind my new house. Anyway, we share two hobbys, brewing and woodworking. I am on the forums at woodbarter.com and woodworkingtalk.com under the same user name. You should check them out if you haven't already.
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Two cents from a guy that's made a couple handles, I prefer the hex head threaded inserts from Grainger or Fastenal:

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...ex?sku=0161593

They go in better than the brass and hold strong. The only thing to note is that to ensure you get enough threads on your tap, you need to leave the hex drive space out of the handle and grind it off. Again though, I'm just relaying what has worked for me.

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Dude, I'm loving the tap handles. I need to get into that! I looks fun indeed.

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Hm... First pics are gone. I'll add some new one. Added 2 Nitro taps over the weekend. Also made some new handles.


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