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Old 05-10-2011, 12:10 AM   #71
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That really looks great!

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:08 AM   #72
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I don't mean to ask a stupid question, but I have 0 carpentry experience and I'm going to try to make a keezer much like this one in the next few weeks. Just bought my freezer today!

The question I wanted to ask is, earlier when you showed the 'exploded view' of the frame and the other piece...did you put both of those against the Keezer? Why wouldn't you just use the outside frame?

Awesome Keezer! I'm going to try to put my own spin on it if I can figure this out!

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #73
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I don't mean to ask a stupid question, but I have 0 carpentry experience and I'm going to try to make a keezer much like this one in the next few weeks. Just bought my freezer today!

The question I wanted to ask is, earlier when you showed the 'exploded view' of the frame and the other piece...did you put both of those against the Keezer? Why wouldn't you just use the outside frame?

Awesome Keezer! I'm going to try to put my own spin on it if I can figure this out!
I'm not sure I fully understand your question, but here goes:

The reason I built a frame that surrounded the freezer, rather than attach the plywood covering directly to the freezer has to do with how freezers work. Freezers exchange heat through their 'skin'. If you directly apply anything to the outside wall of the freezer you're going to make it less efficient. Thus driving up the cost to cool your beer (freezer will have to operate longer - draining more electricity). Also, the lifetime of your freezer would most likely be shortened, because it will have to work harder to cool.

Because of those concerns I built a frame that basically put distance between the freezer walls and the outside covering. The framing is not secured against the freezer in any way. I can still slide the freezer out the back if I need to. I did this so that if my freezer breaks for whatever reason I can replace it with the same model, without having to build a brand new keezer. The picture you were looking at was just during my assembling of the keezer. The plywood no longer separates from the frame.

Hope that helps, if you need any more help feel free to ask.
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I have seen your pictures of the front and side panels and wanted to know how the framing and 1/4 or 1/8 inch inserts were joined? Looks like you inserted the thin panel into the 1 by 2. Any sketch of what you did?

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I have seen your pictures of the front and side panels and wanted to know how the framing and 1/4 or 1/8 inch inserts were joined? Looks like you inserted the thin panel into the 1 by 2. Any sketch of what you did?
The plywood panels were attached to the oak borders by routing the inside edge of the oak borders the same thickness of the plywood. I then glued the panels in from behind.

I used dowel joints to connect all of the larger pieces together. You can buy an inexpensive dowel joint maker from any hardware store which will allow you to make the joints with a cordless drill.

I attached the paneling to the framing using wood glue and finishing nails in a nail gun. I added woody putty to hide the nails, sanded everything down even, and then stained and sealed.

I'll see if I can find any pictures from when I made this that might help.
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The plywood panels were attached to the oak borders by routing the inside edge of the oak borders the same thickness of the plywood. I then glued the panels in from behind.

I used dowel joints to connect all of the larger pieces together. You can buy an inexpensive dowel joint maker from any hardware store which will allow you to make the joints with a cordless drill.

I attached the paneling to the framing using wood glue and finishing nails in a nail gun. I added woody putty to hide the nails, sanded everything down even, and then stained and sealed.

I'll see if I can find any pictures from when I made this that might help.
Pictures would be great! I think I understand though and never investigated the dowel maker. I am so close to pulling the plug and trying this myself.
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Pictures would be great! I think I understand though and never investigated the dowel maker. I am so close to pulling the plug and trying this myself.
I say go for it. You'll learn a lot in the process. Just remember always practice on a scrap piece before trying the real deal. Especially true when working with the dowel rig. Fortunately you'll have to build the framing first which can have some imperfection since it will be hidden in the end.

---Still looking for pictures. But looking like I posted everything I took in this thread.
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