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Old 09-24-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
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I had a couple of questions about my keezer when I posted a picture in another thread, so here are a few details and pictures...

First, and foremost, let me say that this project is totally inspired/shamelessly ripped off of Jester's amazing keezer build.

Secondly, this is a work in progress. I've only built the tap box so far, wanting to get the thing up and running. I've got a few other projects that I need to deal with before I can build the cabinet to surround this thing. Stay tuned...



Ok, to start, this is built around a Magic Chef 7.2 cf chest freezer, model no MCCF5WBX. This unit will easily hold 4 kegs if I move the co2 tank outside the freezer. 3 kegs with the co2 inside. (You could also put the tank on the hump if you built a 4 inch or larger collar.)

I built the tap box from 3/4 inch cherry plywood and solid cherry that I had kicking around. While I've only got 3 taps installed at this point, my plan is to eventually have 4 standard faucets plus a nitro faucet for my wife who loves, loves, loves nitro-poured stouts. Who am I to complain? While I can only fit 4 kegs in there at a time, I figure with my planned set up I can either run 3 kegs on regular faucets and a nitro pour, or 4 kegs on regular faucets, depending on what I've got ready to go.

The overall dimensions of the tap box are 5-3/4 deep by 20-3/4 wide by 14-1/4 tall. This turned out to be ok, but I really should have gone another 1/2 to 1 inch deep to give me a bit more room in the box. Still, it works ok but I had to dig a little bit out of the insulation at the back to allow the dispense lines to bend around to the shanks.

The mirror is recessed 1 inch from the front of the tap box, allowing a string of rope light to be hidden behind the tap board and in front of the mirror.

The box is insulated with a single layer of 1-inch rigid foam insulation. This is temporary until I get the two additonal taps on there at which point I'll improve the insulation substantially. But the 1-inch foam seems to be working pretty well, actually.

The box is attached to the lid of the freezer with two 1/4-20 machine screws that thread up from inside the freezer and into two threaded inserts in the base of the tap box.

I guess that sums up the salient details. Here are some pics...



Taking a cue from Jester, I drilled out all 5 shank holes from behind using a forstner bit and a drill press. The two outermost holes stop just shy of the front of the tap board so that I can easily drill in the two addtional shanks when I'm ready to add them.



I painted the rabbet on the back of the tapboard where the rope light is housed hoping that the white would reflect out more of the light.



The insulation is ugly, but functional. Improved insulation when I add the two missing taps.



First pour!





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How is the back attached? what's the back look like with panel on?

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very sexy. are you planning on paneling the whole keezer or leaving it as is?

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How is the back attached? what's the back look like with panel on?
The back is just a 1/4 inch piece of plywood which is attached with screws and sits in a rabbet so that it is basically flush with the back of the sides (so the edge of the ply is hidden when viewed from the side.

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very sexy. are you planning on paneling the whole keezer or leaving it as is?
Yes, I'll be building a cabinet to house the freezer. The cabinet is actually going to be larger than the freezer itself so that I can move the co2 and eventual nitrogen tanks out of the freezer but still have them hidden from general view.
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Yes, I'll be building a cabinet to house the freezer. The cabinet is actually going to be larger than the freezer itself so that I can move the co2 and eventual nitrogen tanks out of the freezer but still have them hidden from general view.
great idea. also increases the amount of space for air to circulate.
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Looks great! I really wish I had used a nicer wood for mine - that cherry looks sweet

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I would add a fan to get some cold air up around the beer lines and faucet shanks. The faucet shanks function as heat sinks and keeping them cool makes a big difference.

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Hey Catt, have you had a problem with that? I was originally going to put a fan in to circulate up through the tower, but it worked so well without I never bothered to install it.
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Looks great! I really wish I had used a nicer wood for mine - that cherry looks sweet
Thanks! I love the look of cherry, and since I had some left over from the fish tank stand and hood I built it was really a no-brainer.
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