bbentley's Keezer Build...
Ok guys.. I have lurked for a long time and only had a hand full of posts on the boards... but I figured this is a thread that I need to get going. I had thought about waiting to the end of my build and doing one big thread, but I just couldnt wait to share.
First, to give credit where it is due... Thanks to everyone who posts their ideas and pictures on this forum. I researched a lot, stole ideas from many (well.. I didnt really steal them since I am here to give them all back to the community with my own twist.. lol) and in the end came up with my design. I do have to give many thanks to Jester and Hoppopotomus because I probably used their threads the most to get ideas. And with that on to the pictures..
This is what I had to start with, its a 7.0cu ft GE that I got from Sams years ago. It is one of the few things I asked for in my divorce. My ex thought I was crazy, but I have been planning this for a LONG time.. lol. I had built a base for it already, thinking I would add to that for my Keezer build, but I scrapped it when I came up with my current idea. Oh and just another thing.. I am NOT a master craftsman by any stretch of the imagination (as you will be able to tell I am sure). I took 1 year of ag in high school because they made me.. the most woodworking experience I have is basically building a bird house.. lol.
The new base:
Building up the walls:
And now test fitting the freezer (you cant see it in this picture, but I have a couple of 2x4s in place of what will eventually be the collar):
Now I know I said I am not master craftsman, but dont worry.. I didnt completely mismeasure the width of the base. You will see.
Here is a shot of the gap between the frame and the freezer. I plan to add a computer fan to help blow heat from the compressor out the back of the keezer.
I decided to go with Red Oak for the skin of my project. I just think it looks really good when it is stained. Here are the first boards going on:
So as you can see by now, I am going to be adding a nice little place to put my CO2 tank outside of the freezer. Along with the electronics and such.
Started putting some of the trim work on and you can see the cabinet taking shape:
Both sides will have a cabinet like this. Right now I have only finished up this side. I still have to add the doors to the other side.
Now on to the freezer.
I had originally thought about just doing a 2x4 collar so I would have a place to send my CO2 line in and mount my CO2 distro block (at least until Christmas rolls around and I can ask for secondary regulators). After doing thinking I decided to go with a 2x6 collar and make this a 4 keg keezer instead of just 3. Whats that you say? You cannot get 4 kegs into a Sams Club version of the GE 7.0cu ft freezer with a 6in collar? Well, that is not completely correct. You just have to be crazy enough to try it.
Armed with a dremel, a cutting blade and a scraper I did just that.
First the collar..
Then while that glue was drying I went to cutting (maybe it was the fumes from the liquid nails.. lol)
A little test fit (this is with a Pepsi style ball lock keg.. yes the taller ones):
Now to start cleaning up that mess a little I scraped all the foam out of the top and cut a piece of 3/4" foam to go back in.
That is all the pictures I have right now.. but there are plenty more to come as there is still plenty of work to do. I have not even started to tackle the top of the keezer yet. Hopefully this will all continue to go smoothly and I will meet my goal of having it finished up and running by the time I host my Halloween party in just over a month.
looks great so far, where is this creation going to live? garage or kitchen?
Nice build so far none the less! I'm planning to pick up a 15 cu ft freezer tomorrow night ($50!) so as resources become available (time and money) I'll have to build my keezer. I'll be looking forward to seeing your finished product.
I want to follow this build.
I like what you are doing and I am interested to see where you are going. I might incorporate some of your ideas into my own keezer build!
i like the side cabinet idea! subscribed.
Nice job so far!!! I love the idea of the CO2 outside of the keezer and the little side cabinets are great! My GE 7 cu.ft. holds 4 corneys and a 5lb CO2 tank on the floor without a collar. It's a bit of a tight squeeze, but nothing has to be forced in. A collar would have certainly helped the cause, but it's working out fine how it is. Can't wait to see your build progress and am glad that my thread has helped you out along the way. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have....I'm happy to help in any way that I can. Keep up the great work! :mug:
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