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:
or just this:
Or something else / other things entirely?
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If you want to have a ferrule on your handle like this:
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:
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.
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.
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