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Old 09-07-2011, 10:50 AM   #241
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I think those will really look sharp after you poly them to match the front; nice work!


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Old 09-07-2011, 12:12 PM   #242
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They're all parallel to each other. That's impressive. Did you use some sort of jig and a drill press or are you just that good?


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Old 09-07-2011, 12:31 PM   #243
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No jig or drill press, athough it would have been easier and more precise. I really need to invest in a drill press, but haven't gotten around to it. I used my miter saw to cut the correct angle plane across the bottoms, so that they all stood at a similar angle to each other on a flat surface. I then used a hand drill with a 1/8" drill bit to drill a pilot hole as perpendicular as possible to the bottom plane in all directions. I then used the same hand drill and a 1/2" spade bit to drill out the hole for the threaded inserts (1/2" to 1/4") that I purchased from McMaster Carr. I used the spade drill bit to screw the fittings down into the holes, which worked well. I was suprized that they lined up as straight as they did. I have a sh*t load of sanding to do on them to thin them out and bring more of the heartwood color out, but they should look good with the final sanding and finishing. What the hell.... besides a few bucks for the threaded fittings, the tap handles are unique and best of all....free!

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Old 09-08-2011, 07:16 PM   #244
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Well I finally got around to ordering my 4th Perlick 525ss yesterday and I finally milled and knifed another cedar trim piece to accommodate the 4th tap. I just finish sanded the trim piece and all of the tap handles. I used my band saw to remove some of the sap wood on the front of the handles to expose more of the red heartwood and then re-sanded from 60 grit all the way to 220, so they are like glass. It took me a couple of hours, but they are ready for clear coat. I'll post some pics. when they dry.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:12 PM   #245
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Here are a few pics of the red cedar log trim piece that I milled, sanded, and drilled for 4 taps to replace the one on the keezer that currently houses 3 taps. I'm going to do 3 coats of polyurethane, the last pic is only after one coat, so the color should get deeper.
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Oops! Wrong pic. Here it is with the first coat of poly. Also a pic of my tap handles hanging on a string getting ready for the finish.
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Finally some pics. of each tap handle following the first coat of polyurethane. I'll lightly sand between coats and plan on coating 3 times. I ruined one of the tap handles using my band saw to take off the layer of white sap wood to expose the red heartwood. Went too deep and exposed the threaded insert. I only had one small branch left and it didn't have a hell of a lot of character, but I have to roll with what I have. I hope they look decent on the keezer taps, because I really don't feel like starting over.
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I know what you are thinking with the second picture above.....save the comments.
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I'd hit that.
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I'll rent it to you for the weekend. Just be gentle with her.


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