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Old 11-05-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default My shameless Jester rip-off Keezer build

First, I would like to thank Jester and everyone else that posted their Keezers to provide the motivation to start with this obsession.

After lurking on here for over a year and reading hundreds of posts for inspiration, I have finally decided to share my work.

It started life as a 14cf GE chest freezer from Lowes.
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With some goodies from various vendors and a manifold found on ebay for a steal, I was on my way.
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To help protect the bottom of the freezer I decided to use the 1/2" foam flooring tiles in the bottom. These can be picked up at any sporting goods store for arround $20. You can see the black diamond plate pattern between the kegs and the manifold. As you can see I was opperating with picknick taps while this was under construction.

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Old 11-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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I started building the cabinet first using red oak. I need to find a good lumber yard before I start my next project as the "big box" stores' selection looked more like propellers than straight lumber. I ended up having to go to 4 differents stores to find all of the materials to use on this project.

I started by building the sides first, then the front.
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Using a router and a rabbett bit i was able to cut out the recess for the 1/4" oak plywood panels.
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The Kreg Jig really came in handy for this project.
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Everything is starting to come together now.
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Mocked up with the panel inserts.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:32 PM   #3
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Next I started on the bar top. Like many of the builds on here i also started with 1/2" ply attached with 1/4" bolts and t-nuts.

The start of the coffin and lights.
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Starting the side rails.
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Sizing up the tile.
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Attaching the lower boards.
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Rails complete.
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #4
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With much of the construction complete, it was now time to work on much of the finsih work.

The lid open with its kickstand. Note the pocket holes on the rail skirts.
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Next came final assembly of the cabinet.
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The cabinet with the inserts installed.
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I think SWMBO approves.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Less pictures of the keezer and more pictures of the bike!

Oops, wrong forum

Keezer looks t1ts my man!

Cheers

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Things are really starting to come together.

The cabinet complete and the start of the backerboard.
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With the tower and taps attached.
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Perlicks ready for beer.
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Enjoying a homebrew.
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Do you think she likes it?
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Using a 5" battery powered skilsaw with an old blade turned backwards made easy work of cutting out the backerboard.
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My "detailed" plans.
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Staining w/ a 50/50 mix of Minwax Golden oak 210B and Neutral 209.
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Staining is finished.
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After four coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss. If you look closely you can see the area that I routered out to recess the stainless drip tray.
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Now the tiling begins.
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The top is nearly balanced, but I still use the prop stick just in case.
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The grout is complete.
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The finsihed product.
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The first pint pulled. Fat Belgian Amber Ale (Fat Tire Clone) Not a minute too soon, I finished this just 5 hours prior to our halloween party.
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Wow!!!!

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Looks great! Awesome job.

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