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Title: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: passlaku on January 26, 2011, 03:20:43 AM
I was inspired by Ken's (of MLAP see famehttp://www.brews-bros.com/index.php/topic/451-memory-lapse-pale-ale/ (http://www.brews-bros.com/index.php/topic/451-memory-lapse-pale-ale/)) tap handles and tried to make some handles.

The handles are:

 I am guessing that each handle was less than $8 for the materials. 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/passlaku/DSCN0225.jpg)
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: oscarvan on January 26, 2011, 03:27:07 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: majorvices on January 26, 2011, 03:27:57 AM
Nice job - is that a "Straight to Ale" glass??
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: passlaku on January 26, 2011, 03:34:37 AM
Yep.  That is an STA glass. I was in HSV a couple of weeks ago and visited their brewery, they were nice enough to give me a glass.  Great guys!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: majorvices on January 26, 2011, 03:40:56 AM
Yep.  That is an STA glass. I was in HSV a couple of weeks ago and visited their brewery, they were nice enough to give me a glass.  Great guys!

Dan's a great guy and makes some very good beer - if your back in town again stop by  my brewery (http://www.yellowhammerbrewery.com). I will give you a glass with beer in it.  ;)

Anyway, I may have to steal your design for the home. Looks great.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: tschmidlin on January 26, 2011, 05:08:05 AM
I guess I'm confused by the topic title, "I tried to make tap handles".  It looks to me like you did more than try!

Very nice :)
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: a10t2 on January 26, 2011, 06:09:38 AM
 my brewery (http://www.yellowhammerbrewery.com)

Dragging it further off-topic, but I must have missed this the first time around. Keith, great-looking site! Now those big beautiful pics of the beers need to link to something - maybe some recipe details for us home brewers? ;)
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: passlaku on January 26, 2011, 12:42:40 PM
Keith,

Thanks for the invite.  I'll send you an email next time I am in town. I look forward to it!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: euge on January 26, 2011, 06:40:24 PM
 my brewery (http://www.yellowhammerbrewery.com)

Dragging it further off-topic, but I must have missed this the first time around. Keith, great-looking site! Now those big beautiful pics of the beers need to link to something - maybe some recipe details for us home brewers? ;)

I linked off on that and was very impressed. Represented at four local restaurants! However I was left with lots of questions about brewing on his level/capacity. Well maybe just a few.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: majorvices on January 26, 2011, 07:03:09 PM
OP, I didn't mean to hijack your thread. Euge, PM me any question you want. FTR we are on at more that 4 restaurants now. Just need to update the site.

I really like the idea of the chalk board tap handles. I had planned on painting the entire front of my chestfreezer/keggerator with chalkboard paint but I think this is way easier. I'm gonna do it!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on January 27, 2011, 02:34:39 AM
Very nice job!  I was going to do the same thing, but then my brother and my father-in-law pitched in and bought me chalk board tap handles for Christmas.   :P ;D
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: bluesman on January 27, 2011, 02:39:54 AM
Very nice job!  I was going to do the same thing, but then my brother and my father-in-law pitched in and bought me chalk board tap handles for Christmas.   :P ;D

I was contemplating getting a set of chalkboard tap handles myself. They serve the purpose well.

By the way nice tap handles passlaku!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: bluesssman on January 28, 2011, 02:45:21 AM
Sweet handles! Do you have any during construction pictures?

Gary
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: passlaku on January 28, 2011, 04:05:55 AM
I didn’t document with pics but hopefully this description of the construction will make some sense.

The block is called a "Large Raw Pine Block Plinth" and are found in the aisle where the crown moulding is sold.
(http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/000868/000868637509lg.jpg)
I drilled a hole for the T-nut on the block and hammered the t-nut into the block.
(http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/008236/008236709261lg.jpg)
Then I simply screwed the block with the t-nut onto the pre-made furniture leg's screw.
(http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/038453/038453025547lg.jpg)
The tricky part is centering a 1/2" drill bit on the tip of the leg and screwing the ferule into the wood.  I bought the one pictured below at RebelBrewer but if I was going to do this again I'd probably opt for the ones that are cone shaped.  It is really difficult getting this type of bolt to bite into the wood. 
(http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/product_images/o/handleinsert__69336_zoom.jpg)
Hope this helped.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: cincybrewer on July 29, 2011, 02:25:20 AM
I know this is an old thread, but I'm about to try to make the exact same handles. I was a little worried about getting the threaded insert into the the little table leg.  You think it's worth it to get different inserts?

Also, is there a gap in your block of wood and table leg?  I was thinking about either going your route with the T-nut or putting a threaded insert into the wood block so there won't be a gap.

Did you find there was enough room to write your beers on the blocks?  Assuming the ones you got are the same size as mine, I thought they might be a little too skinny, but judging on your picture it looks like there was plenty of room.

Thanks!
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: phillamb168 on July 29, 2011, 07:44:43 AM
Why didn't I think of the t-nut idea, that's perfect. @Cincybrewer, for mine I just used some finished pine deck planking, cut to length and painted with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. Worked pretty well.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: alikocho on July 29, 2011, 09:00:28 AM
Excellent ideas. I was just thinking about making some as I'm about to start kegging.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: cincybrewer on July 30, 2011, 01:44:39 PM
Why didn't I think of the t-nut idea, that's perfect. @Cincybrewer, for mine I just used some finished pine deck planking, cut to length and painted with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. Worked pretty well.

So it is basically a block of wood, correct? I saw some blocks that I thought might work but I really liked the beveled edge look.

The t-nut looks like it may create a gap between the table leg and the block whereas a insert looks like it will be flushed.  I could be wrong though.  Either way they look sweet.

The hardest part for me looks like getting the threaded insert into the bottom of the table leg.  The insert is almost the exact size of the diameter of the table leg.  At least everything is cheap so if you mess up you can just buy another one.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: phillamb168 on July 30, 2011, 07:17:51 PM
Why didn't I think of the t-nut idea, that's perfect. @Cincybrewer, for mine I just used some finished pine deck planking, cut to length and painted with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. Worked pretty well.

So it is basically a block of wood, correct? I saw some blocks that I thought might work but I really liked the beveled edge look.

The t-nut looks like it may create a gap between the table leg and the block whereas a insert looks like it will be flushed.  I could be wrong though.  Either way they look sweet.

The hardest part for me looks like getting the threaded insert into the bottom of the table leg.  The insert is almost the exact size of the diameter of the table leg.  At least everything is cheap so if you mess up you can just buy another one.

(http://philliplamb.com/167_cap.jpg)

It was indeed hard to get the insert in there. I drilled a hole (VERY CAREFULLY) into the base of the leg with a jerry-rigged "drill press" aka a clamp and luck. The first one I tried, split the end of the leg. You just gotta be careful. I used wood glue to keep the insert in.
Title: Re: I tried to make tap handles
Post by: ccarlson on July 31, 2011, 02:35:52 AM
If your handles are of a very good hard wood ( IE Oak) you can tap the wood itself. Go slow and use soap as your lubricant.

I know, it sounds strange, but I did it several years ago and it they're holding strong. Obviously, over torquing will ruin your day.