MrFebtober... thanks! I do enjoy woodworking, but it's a little bit harder here in the apartment. I'd love to have a table saw (it would save a lot of time and headaches.) As far as mounting the controller on the back, I wanted to leave the top flat so I could stack stuff on top of it, and it was just a bit easier I have to admit. I hadn't thought about a master on/off switch, but that's a good idea. When I get around to building the Sanyo (or other) based keggerator, I'll probably do something very similar to what you did (nice job by the way).
Okay on with the update.... 08/15/07
It's fully functional and structurally complete. The caulking is done, the door is hung, and the last bit of hole-plugging is done.
The door (closed):
The door again (open showing a bit of foam for a good seal):
And finally, here's a pic at temperature. With the unit at ambient temperature (74F), I turned it on, and it reached the 55F setpoint in 26 minutes. Not bad!
I set the hysteresis at 2F so it continued to cool down to 53F and stopped. It took 24 minutes to warm back up to 57F when the compressor switched back on. Even then, it only took 8 minutes to get back to 53F. So it'll probably cycle ~8 minutes, twice an hour or so. Not too bad?!
So... this project was a blast to build. I have to say it wasn't the most economical project, but then mine never are. Projects like this are usually more for the fun of building for me. Plus, this one helps make good beer
I'll figure up the material costs at some point, but thanks for all the comments and suggestions guys! Good luck if you decide to build one. I'd love to see some pics.