I've been hard at work on my keezer build this week, and I thought I'd share what I've done. I should preface this by stating I've never, ever worked with a single piece of wood before, nor have I any experience with tools. So, it's been a learning process!
I decided to build I pretty simple 4-tap keezer, with the only woodwork being the collar, and bought a 7.1 cu ft freezer on sale to work with.
The collar is made of pine (not the most durable, but I got a nice "premium" pressurized something-or-other on sale, and since I was just painting I decided to go with it. I used high gloss black spray paint on the outside, and had a large piece of foam insulation cut up at Lowes.
On the top I lightly sanded it, primed it, and applied several coats of spray chalkboard paint (still drying). I sealed all open gaps with clear weatherproof silicone. There were some larger spots due to imperfect cutting with my mediocre multi-tool saw blade. I think it'll be ok though I also adhered the collar to the freezer with silicone. A 19" drip tray is on the way, which will sit on epoxied l-brackets.
Overall I'm really pleased with the result! Here are some pictures. Sorry, didn't document the actual building process:
The only thing I wish were different at this point is the height of the taps. I kind of have to bend down to hold a glass under a tap. I'd like to build a wheeled stand for the unit, but don't know where to begin. Can anyone link me to an easy guide to building a keezer cart? I know I could do it with some 2x4s and some brackets and casters, but I don't know what kind, etc.