Need to know how to make a beer tap handle? Whether you are starting your own bar, or simply have purchased a beer keg for a weekend party, you will receive great compliments by placing a beer tap handle on your keg. By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can learn about how to make a beer tap handle.
- Purchase a table leg. You can easily find these at home improvement or hardware stores. Buy a table leg that is approximately 12 to 16 inches in length. Use a table or handsaw to carefully remove the end of the leg that would normally screw into the table. This will become the threaded end of the tap handle. Begin sanding the cut end of the table leg. Start with a piece of relatively rough sandpaper, such as 60 grit, and move to finer and finer paper, such as 120 and 200.
- Stain the table leg according to the instructions on the stain canister. Typically two coats of stain is sufficient to get a nice color. Once the stain has dried, apply a coat of polyurethane–this will help lock in the color, and will provide protection from damage. Repeat the previous steps for a small block of wood about the size of a deck of cards. This will screw into the handle, and will provide a place to put the label of your beer.
- Using a drill, make some holes in the wood block where you will attach it to the handle. Use a few small screws, and carefully attach the wood block to the handle. Finally, drill a large hole approximately 1/2 inch wide into the base of the handle–this will accommodate the thread adapter. Slowly thread in the adapter, working it back and forth as it cuts into the wood. Break off the key ends of the adapter. Finally, print off a label of your favorite type of beer from the Internet, and place onto the wood block attached to the beer tap handle.