I am currently putting together a small keezer. I haven't had time to start construction, but I really wanted to get started. Decided to start with the tap handles. Not sure what I am going to carve on the handles, but I got the blank set up with the brass insert necessary to attach it to the faucet.
Any ideas for what to carve into them? Think I'll make a couple just for the hell of it. I'll update with the finished handle.
Picked up some brass inserts from local woodcraft. Not sure if the big box stores carry them or not. About $7 for a pack of 10. They are 3/8" 16 TPI, which fits on my draft tower perfectly.
Don't make the same mistake I did. Buy a T-Wrench. Tried it with a screw driver, and I was quickly back in Woodcraft to get the right tool. Makes installing the insert really easy.
Here's the packaging if you are looking for it in the store.
I decided to use a Maple blank for the handle. Just marked the center for drilling.
Unfortunately I don't have a woodworking vise, so I made do with a handscrew clamped to my work table.
I drilled the hole for the insert with a 1/2" forstner bit. I don't have a drill press, so I just tried to keep it as straight as possible.
It takes a little elbow grease to get the insert screwed in, but at least it won't fall off.