The Process: Crafting a Wooden Beer Tap Handle from Scratch

Industrial designer and maker Mike Cheung took a handmade approach to creating a custom beer tap handle. His design is made from hardwood – maple and walnut – with plenty of graphic details and type to convey the branding aspects of the client, P’unk Ave, a design agency in Philadelphia.

   Mike glued up a couple of strips of maple and cut the handle taper:

He then rounded the end to attach the tap ferrule, and then added some walnut inlay and detail, and finished with a walnut logo and a bit of type. 

Check out the full build process at Mike’s blog, which he runs with his partner Paula, at Tinkering Monkey: Tapping the Maple (for beer)