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post #1 of 8 Old 10-07-2012, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Intarsia Tap Handles and Tower complete

Hi Everyone
I finally got the Custom Intarsia tap handles and tower complete.
This was a challenging little project which tested my Intarsia skills(and patience) but was fun to do.The client is very pleased.The tower is made from mahogany and features a removable back to access the tap installation and hoses. Threaded inserts were installed to provide a way to attach it to the bar top. The curved sides were made by laminating thin pieces to form the curve.

Each of the tap handles consist of 40 pieces for the intarsia with 5 coats of spray-on poly for the finish. The woods used are:
Frame-antique mahogany
Background- lacewood
letters,nose, eye pupils -ebony
body-Peruvian walnut
chest ,muzzle and bottle label- cherry
foam and eyes-holly
bottle- lignum vitae

The card holders are made from antique mahogany

Can’t wait to see it all set up.
On to the next project—Complete restoration of a “Buch’s Pennsylvania 3” cornsheller Circa 1897
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Very, very nice. That is going to be a beautiful addition to the bar.

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Those look great man. I'm a fan.
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I saw the first tap on another thread I think, great to see the finished job.

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How was the lignum vitae to work with? I've never used it but I understand it's harder than a rock.
Any comments on how you worked it? Dremel grinder??
Fine piece of craftsmanship!!
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Really fantastic work. Nice to see craftsmanship like that.
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Thanks for the comments guys. This was a fun project. Waiting for the client to get the rest of the bar set up so I can have a few beers and take some pics of the finished set-up.
To Jon-- Lignum is very dense but not as hard to work as some woods. It is very oily but cuts, carves and turns very easily. Turns green with exposure to UV. One of my favorite woods to work with.
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