Beer Tap Handles

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Project by artsyfartsy posted 03-22-2016 02:22 PM 1485 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a long story with a short ending. My neighbor inherited a wood lathe and never used it consequently it sat in his garage for a long time. He knew I liked working with wood so Last fall he gave me the lathe. I let is set for approximately 4 months covered up because I’ve always been a little apprehensive about using one. The last time I turned something was in high school some 45 years ago.

Fast forward to a few of weeks ago, someone asked me to turn something for them and, again I was a little apprehensive about doing it, but thought “what the heck”. So began my journey of wood turning. Since the request, I have turned this assortment of Beer Tap Handles for a customer. I have to admit, turning wood has become exciting because of the challenge of not only turning, but exercising my artistic being. Anyway, these are here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

The majority of handles are made of Bass Wood, but the striped ones are a combination of Maple, Red Oak and Walnut. The tall handle that has the vertical stripes in it, has Maple, Walnut and some other type of exotic wood I had laying around. The handles range from 5” to 12” tall and 1 1/2” around. Thanks for looking.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#1 posted 03-22-2016 04:12 PM

Those are amazing! I love the .50 cal. bullet one. I’ll pay you to make me one of those. Seriously! I like guns. lol. I’d like a lathe, but don’t have room right now. Like you, I haven’t used one since high school.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 07:26 PM

Very nice,beautiful shapes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 09:19 PM

Those are cool.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 09:52 PM

Awesome job on those!

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#5 posted 03-23-2016 01:19 AM

Very well done, and now it is time to put them to use.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#6 posted 03-23-2016 03:15 AM

Turned out really well! Pun intended, of course ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-23-2016 02:05 PM

those look great….question, how did you attach the maltese to the top of the nozzle? my captain just built a bar and something like that would make a great gift

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#8 posted 03-24-2016 02:17 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments. It was fun making these things. Whsewardiv, I just used a dowel to attach both objects. I drilled a hole in the top of the nozzle and one in the bottom of the cross. I flatened the bottom of the cross so it would fit a little better.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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