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    Threaded Tap Handle Insert

    Does anyone have a wholesale source for the threaded tap handle inserts? (The metal part that goes into the end of a tap handle where it screws onto the faucet.)
    Thanks
    Dave

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    The little metal guys are called "ferrules" and I get them from taphandles.com. Here's the link
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    Hutch Kugeman
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    Crossroads Brewing
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    We get ours at Tacoma Screw here in the Everett, WA area. They're a commercial wholesaler of fasteners and sundry hardware. You may have a similar place out there in Montana. If not, give them a call or see if they have internet ordering.

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    Well, I've gotten the double-female ferrules from taphandles.com too, but maybe you're after something that's FEMALE to receive the top threaded faucet piece, and MALE to go into any 1/2" drilled hole - in a piece of wood, that is.

    Here's one of those - not exactly a wholesale source though:
    http://www.williamsbrewing.com/TAPHA...SERT_P1152.cfm

    Scott

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    Tap Handle Ferrules

    I know this post has been dead for a number of years but I found that kegworks dot com has some nice ferrules here...
    http://www.kegworks.com/home.php?cat=855

    I am also working on building a links page for information on the web on how to build custom tap handles here...

    http://www.fattymattybrewing.com/directory/864.html
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    Thanks for all the useful feedback. I found my best source for these brass threaded inserts (insert into the end of the tap handle) is my local hardware store! Who knew?
    By the way, I STRONGLY recommend to all the brewer's and owners out there of small micros to invest in a midi-lathe and turn your own handles. VERY theraputic, cost effective, and carries the whole hand-crafted thing to another level.
    Last edited by GlacierBrewing; 01-07-2007 at 06:26 PM. Reason: forgot something

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    I agree totally. Just made my first dozen tap handles this weekend. Very rewarding and financially worth while.

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    How about some pictures of your craftmanship....

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    Inserts

    Dave, McMaster Carr offers the threaded insert for $14.13 per 25. McMaster Carr's part number is 90016A031. They're referred to as knife-threaded inserts for wood, manufactured by E-Z Lok (part 400-6), internal thread 3/8-16. You'll find other suppliers to be far more expensive. I use a 1/2 drill, if you're using a soft material for the handle, coating the threads with epoxy will keep them from stripping out as readily. You can also easily resin-cast around them.
    Last edited by Matthew Hill; 01-08-2007 at 02:01 PM.

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    Knife Thread Insert

    OK I did a little searching around and also found the EZ Lok Knife inserts here through fastenall...
    http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...ex?sku=0123230

    Keep in mind that I also visited my local hardware store and they stock these for $.96 per insert and are also made of brass!
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