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Old 07-20-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default Armoire Keezer Build

Well after lurking on this website for a few years and doing a few builds based off other peoples designs over the last few years, I figured I should submit my own build for the worlds review. After 3 years of bottling I've about had it and decided kegging and a keezer was in order, but SWMBO did not approve of tap handles in our living room, and I didn't approve of walking to the basement every time I wanted a fresh one. Thus, the Armoire Keezer was envisioned.

The Plan. As envisioned with Sketchup.
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Build around a 7.2 Kenmore deep freeze. There is room for 4 ball lock kegs and a 5 pound CO2 tank.
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The goal is to have a stationary armoire with a coffin keezer atop a dolly that rolls out of the armoire providing access to the inside of the keezer.

Work began with making the dolly.
2x6's with a half lap joint provides the straight with castors on the bottom for mobility.
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Next came the cutting and assembling of the box for the armoire. I had hoped to use walnut wood for the project, but the local hardwood supplier had a 6 week lead time on it so I went with cherry. 3/4" ply make up the sides and back for the armoire box.
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And after glueup.
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Shelves were then cut and the tap tower pieces cut, clamped and glued.
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Got the wife involved and picked out some stone and granite to use for the counter top and back splash.
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Here's what the keezer looks like in its home in the armoire box. There will be room for some small shelves to hold many pint glasses above. Along with some under cabinet lights and maybe even a raspberrypints project in the future.
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Here's a look at the brackets to hold he shelves in place.
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I've got a few more pictures that I'll upload later of further progress. It's an ambitious project but coming along nicely. I'll take your comments, concerns and complaints. Be gentile.

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:56 PM   #2
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Gentle.

Lol... anyway, looks awesome. I'm jealous.


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Old 07-20-2014, 09:58 PM   #3
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Wow. Impressive.

If SWMBO sees this I know what I will be doing this winter

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:58 PM   #4
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Spell check... Works good. Doesn't always fix my bad grammer...

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awesome work!

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Looks great! Also great if you have kids you could put locks on the doors!

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Thanks for the support, I don't have any kids as of yet, but maybe one day, and locks will definitely be a part of the design.

Here's the rest of the progress I've made so far.

I attached the 3/4' plywood for the base of the countertop, and attached some cherry molding around the edging as well as cut 2 holes through the top of the counter and freezer lid to allow for cold air from an ac fan to cool the tap tower and for the beer lines.
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I also attached the shelves to the armoire box. These also serve as a support system to keep the sides of the armoire from bowing outward since there will not be any cross brace at the front to allow the freezer to roll out.
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I also glued cherry trim to the face of the armoire box which should also help shore up the sides and stop them from bowing out some.
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lastly, the drip tray arrived the other day in the mail. woot!
24" stainless with drain. couldn't find one for very cheap.... $111.00 plus shipping...
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That's all the progress for now. I've got a couple days coming up to work on it so I hope to get a lot more done. Hopefully get started on the false drawers for the front and maybe get the tap tower insulated and ready for keg lines. I also ordered some gas springs to help lift the lid so I need to fashion some sort of support brackets for them. I think they are the same ones from this spectacular build. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/keez...anigre-311530/

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Great idea and beautiful work...can't wait to see more pictures

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Wow! Just...Wow!!!

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Admiring your skills.

I saw a thread where i said that was the best looking keezer ive ever seen. This has the potential to top that. GL with your build.

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