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I'm trying to build a bunch of tap handles, and am a little confused on what I need.

Do I need both of these:

hangar bolt ferrule

Hangar Bolt and Ferrule

or just this:

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Tap Handle Insert

Or something else / other things entirely?

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Well...yes :)

If you want to have a ferrule on your handle like this:

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then you need the hangar bolt and ferrule. The hangar bolt has 5/16"-18 male threads on the ferrule side, while the ferrule has 5/16"-18 female threads on the top, and 3/8"-16 female threads on the bottom.

If you want only wood at the bottom of your handle like this:

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then you want the threaded insert (3/8"-16).

Protip: if you're planning on doing several, order your inserts in bags of 10 from a place like McMaster-Carr. It's a lot cheaper that way.

If you want to see how I make taphandles on my lathe, check out my videos here.

  • nice videos. I'm not very good with wood, but with the right tools and craftmanship you made it look easy. – mdma Feb 14 '12 at 22:14
  • dang. great answer. how about these guys? mcmaster.com/#90016a031/=g909ta – hookedonwinter Feb 14 '12 at 22:36
  • Thank to you both. @hooked, when I clicked that link it said 3 packs were ordered 04/18/11 underneath them, so I guess they're the right ones :) – JoeFish Feb 15 '12 at 2:03
  • Also I edited the answer with thread sizes for the ferrule. – JoeFish Feb 15 '12 at 2:10
  • @JoeFish I hope so! I never heard back and just assumed they'd work. Already have them in hand. Fast! – hookedonwinter Feb 15 '12 at 20:34
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http://www.woodworkingfourdummies.com/blog/keg-tap-handle-diy I made a few from different scrap pieces of wood and bought some chalk tape. I found the hardware at Lowe's. Check out blog for pick and details.

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I have always preferred the Chrome Ferrules over the brass inserts. For one it is easier to install the ferrules correctly. The inserts can sometimes go in a little bit crooked which really throws it off and then the handles is pretty much done fore.
With the ferrules it's just a matter of drilling a smaller hole and screwing in the bolt. Also I find the ferrules will go a lot longer before they come loose, if they do at all. Then it is an easy fix compared to trying to re drill a hole for a brass insert.
You can buy the ferrules and hanger bolts

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