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Old 08-29-2008, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Wood preference for Keezer collar?

I swear this is my last question about building a keezer.

Is there a preferred wood type for constructing the collar? Wood that should be avoided? I'm not up to speed on how different types of wood react to cold and/or moisture. I don't want a warped or rotted collar in 6 months.

What have other people used? Does it matter so long as there's enough paint on it? If it matters, the collar will be attached to the freezer, and not the lid. I knowthe lid is probably preferable, but it's gonna be on the bottom.

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You're going to finish it in some way anyway right? Some paint, varnish, poly, whatever will protect just about any wood. I presonally like Poplar because it's moderately dense and stable but also easy to work. It's not the cheapest, but it's no Teak either.

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$8 construction grade 2x8 on mine. It took the rust-olium paint just fine, looks good, and it was $8 for the whole thing.

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1/4" Luon Plywood with a 2" rigid foam core. I painted mine with chalk board paint so I could write what I had on tap right on the keezer.

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You're going to finish it in some way anyway right? Some paint, varnish, poly, whatever will protect just about any wood. I presonally like Poplar because it's moderately dense and stable but also easy to work. It's not the cheapest, but it's no Teak either.
Yeah. It'll be painted. My brother-in-law (who owns a miter saw and will help construct the collar) is obsessing about the proper type of wood. He's convinced that the wood type will make a big difference in durability and insulation. Me? I'm just about the beer.
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In that case, I'd definitely recommend 1x4 poplar. It's not pretty like oak or birch but it's cheaper (it's got a bit of a grey/green tint to it). It's got a tight grain which takes paint really well. It can be found in the pine/oak/birch isle at Lowes or Depot.

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Plain 2x6 untreated pine for me.

Rustoleum gloss white.

The 2x is the exact thickness of the freezer wall so there's a nice flush fit both inside and outside.

Paint inside and outside (prior to installing of course) and give the interior seams a good bead of white caulk and you'll be golden for life.

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I used 1x8 Oak for the collar. I wanted something harder to put the shanks and handles in hopes it would be more durable. I just used pine for the base. I used the same stain but you can see the Oak is darker than the pine. That pine really soaked it up and I was too lazy to keep applying coats. I think you will find using a hardwood for the collar will avoid alot of the nicks and scrapes.

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Nice Bugeater.

Anyway, I just came back from Lowes (to a NASTY SURPRISE) with some 1x4 poplar. I'm going to try it with that and see how it goes.

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$12 2x10 untreated pine collar for mine painted with 2 coats of Killz Primer to seal it well against moisture. 10 inches adds enough height for cornies to sit on the compressor hump.

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