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Old 07-30-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Another Keezer build... Jester Rip-off

Hey All!

I finally started construction on my Keezer build. I scored a Kenmore 14.8 cuft chest freezer for $150 on craigslist. I was inspired by Jester's awesome build and the many replica's that followed. Here's the thread on Jester's build that I'm using for reference.

I'm still waiting for my temp controller to put my kegs in but by a rough guess it should hold at least 7 kegs on the floor.





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So far I've made the dolly out of a 19/32" sheet of plywood and some 2x6's. The plywood is 1" wider than the freezer to allow for some room. The 2x6's frame the plywood. The casters are screwed in at the corners.



Lowes had some pretty nice red oak boards that I'm probably going to use to trim out the rest of the keezer. I'm hoping It'll look nice stained a redish tone with maybe some dark marble or granite inlays.

More to come!

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I had to buy 2 oak boards from Lowes last week and I was kinda shocked by the price. If you arent in a rush, you might try shopping that around a bit.
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Yeah I've been looking around at a couple of different places. I just thought the Lowes boards were nice since they were well milled and pretty much ready to stain. It's probably why they're more pricey. I'm in the process of planning the top. It's probably going to have a dark granite inlay with a 4" wood trim surround and overhang. I still need to order the taps and shanks. Farmhouse Brewing supply had a decent deal on perlick 525s and stainless shanks. I think I priced out a whole assembly for like $55 each.

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Ordered the johnson digital controller and perlick taps, shank, and tail pieces earlier this week. I'm hoping to start roughing out the lid this weekend. I'll post up a pic of my sketchup design when I get a chance. The beverage facotry had a 36" driptray I'll probably go for as well.

It's starting to come together.

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Cant wait to see the finished product..

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Pick your wood and finish carefully - it's the one place I skimped, and it's the one thing I'd change if I could!

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Generally Lowes and Home Depot have lower quality wood than independent lumber yards that cater to woodworkers. Make sure the grain is clear and the boards are straight. If you can find a local yard that takes pride in the wood they produce, you'd be surprised at how crappy the stuff at the box stores looks.

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You can also call some local cabinet makers. I have been able to buy better looking material for a lower price. - Dwain

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