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    Handmade tap handles, whatcha think?

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    Last year I started collecting cool pieces of wood while out on bike rides. I turned them into shifter knobs for jeeps etc.

    Buddy of mine bought a kegerator, so I made him a tap handle.

    What do you guys think? Lots of hand sanding but I try to keep the natural beauty of the wood (not simply turn them on a lathe etc)

    Will be making another one for different friend shortly.

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    Teats! That's really good work. Methinks we should start a thread for homemade tap handles. I'll play. Here's a DFH clone I made with some leftover copper and wood:

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    ^^sweet!

    I just mailed off another to friend of mine, I asked him to send pics.

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    Based on how that looks, all your friends with taps at home will want one... also your list of friends may grow as well.

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    Here's mine.
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    Unfortunately, for the time being it is in a box .
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Dayum son. Is that blown glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baltobrewer View Post
    Dayum son. Is that blown glass?
    Yes, though a type of hard glass (torch), not soft glass (oven). It's a remnant of my heady space piracy days. I used to know a number of glass blowers and have always been a fan of glass art. What I wouldn't do for a Chihuly...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    What I wouldn't do for a Chihuly...
    Same here. Probably need a few more bills laying around than I've currently got in the sock drawer to own any of Dale's stuff, though...

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    Made another, threaded 3/8"-16 ready to pour beer....
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/2886058...-kind-beer-tap

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    Nice, you've got quite the skill set there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    Here's mine.
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    Unfortunately, for the time being it is in a box .
    That is awesome, always amazed at what they can do with glass.... Crazy.

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    Thanks, I appreciate your woodwork as well.

    One of the things I like to do is to take branches form the woods and make walking sticks. However, it's a long process since I hand sand and don't have many to show for it. Only a few of my friends have one. Good luck on Etsy.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Newest creation.....I need to buy myself a kegerator....

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    Naw, make your own from a chest/upright freezer/refrigerator. My preference is the chest freezer with a temp controller. The additional space allows for lagering or additional 5 gallon kegs. You can make a 2x4 collar to fit around the chest and reattach the lid hinges to the collar. You can choose to paint the wood or seal it and use caulk to seal around the edgs to reduce cold loss and reduce condensation and potential ice buildup. Drill out holes in the collar so you're not mucking with the freezer
    and run your lines through to a Perlick forward seal faucet. An upright will work too, you just drill through the door.

    That's the best one yet, looks like a little leprechaun shalalie.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Finished 8 of them for a friends neighbor that is building a man-sized keezer.
    I really want a beer now for some reason.

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