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Old 05-12-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Coffin Keezer w/ Linear Actuator

I would like to thank everyone for all the quality threads and posts on Coffin Keezer’s. I have read a ton of them to make sure that I had a decent idea what I was doing! Hopefully this is one more thread that inspires someone.

This project took me 4 weeks start to finish once I started buying “stuff”. That does not include any time I’ve spent reading other threads / learning. I would have had it done quicker except some personal issues came up that didn’t allow me to work on it much for a week or so.

Budget:
My initial budget was 1,500. This was a project to replace a Perlick kegorator from the 70’s that my wife’s grandpa passed down to me. As far as budget goes… I went over on some categories but didn’t do too bad. I would estimate I have about 1750 in it including all parts and misc. purchases (some which I didn’t really need of course!)

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I used a chop saw, circular saw, drill, tile saw, and nail gun as primary tools. Had to buy a 4” hole saw (4.5” was 20 dollars more!).

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24” Linear Actuator from Firgelliauto, 10A power supply
Solid Oak trim
¼” oak panels on base
4” x ¼” trim around base (casing)
6” x ½” trim around bottom base
Top trim is 4” x 1”
5/8 Plywood
5/16” cement backing board
3/8” T-nuts to attach top
12” SS drain
Perlick taps w/ all SS shanks / tailpieces
10.2 cf professional series freezer (I think) from Menards
24” RGB LED strip light w/ remote
6 x 3” wheels w/ 110 lb load rating each


Will post the pictures with brief explanations.

If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thanks!
Zach

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Old 05-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Designed in Google Sketchup to visualize and use for measurments



After a week or so of hard work had it pretty well assembled for a start



Recessed area for the light strip. about 1/2" added to back with cement backing board and tile



Picture of the back... extra room on right is for the CO2 tank which is on drawyer slides

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Old 05-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #3
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Back of coffin with all insulation in



I layered the insulation so i could have cut out for the fan and then the gas lines seperately insulated.



Next layer on



The final layer was just a square and then a vertical pice that went over shanks with .5" clearance so air could flow in and out around shanks.

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Old 05-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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Picture without the freezer one. Can see the piece of wood on the slides for the tank to slide in and out.



Actuator installed and a bit of the gas lines / etc



All of the line now done and cleaned up a bit



Picture of it closed

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I used an actuator on my SW fishtank years ago and planned on using an extra one I bought. I think I would have added a bit more support if I thought it would be as heavy as it was using steel bar. Here is a pic of the fish tank when I put it in 2008

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Old 05-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #6
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Bunch of pictures playing with the lights / etc:

















All I need now is tap handles. Haven't decided what I want to do on that yet....

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Very well done!

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #8
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What time is the party?

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Looks great! Is it hard to get kegs in and out with the lid only opening part way like that?

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Thanks. Getting 1/6 barrels isn't bad at all. The full keg goes in fairly easy empty... but would be a pita full and heavy. Should take a picture from the side. It's open quite a bit... that might not have been fully open with the actuator. It's wired to a rocker switch so I can just open it as much as needed for whatever I'm doing.

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