Tap Handles

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Project by Brasco18 posted 04-14-2013 05:21 PM 4886 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a set of tap handles for a friend of mine (pictured). I turned the first out of a chunk of white oak he gave me. It had a beautiful heartwood/sapwood split down the middle of it. The second one is a checkered-style handle, made of maple and mahogany. Each row consists of 24 pieces of wood. It didn’t turn out as perfect as I wanted, but it still looks cool. The third is walnut with aspen ellipses. I have been wanting to try this ellipse idea for a while. I got the idea from a person who makes handles for fly-fishing rods. The last one is hickory with walnut and maple poke-a-dots. Originally, I wanted to use something red. The local lumbermill wasn’t open, so I thought red oak would do. But it turned out to be too close to the hickory. So, I switched to black and white dots. Except for the checkered one, they were all very easy to make; the checkered one took a lot of gluing!

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 06:18 PM

I like them all, but I like the ellipse and checkered ones best with the ellipse being my favorite. I didn’t see the white dots at all when I first looked at the polka dot one, so I agree that red or something with a better contrast would have been better. Actually, my favorite one would probably be which ever one had my favorite beer.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 07:01 PM

They all look great, but I too like the one with the ellipses and also the segmented one. Having done segmented turning, I can sure appreciate all the work involved in making that little beauty, but the walnut one with the ellipses really stands out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 10:20 PM

Thanks. Yea, the walnut one is very nice. As for the pokadot one, I agree that the maple, once varnished, sort of blended in with the hickory, just as I feared the red oak would do. Hickory seems to be in between red oak and maple for color. In hindsight, i should have just used walnut for all the dots. I’m sure that would have looked just as good.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 02:25 PM

Awesome tap handles! Interesting shapes and designs nut like more the checkered and the celtic knot. Great job!

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