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Old 11-16-2010, 06:44 AM   #81
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Well Tom, I actually had the day off of work yesterday so put some time into the keezer. Here is a pic of where I'm at to show you how it looks with the trim, which is missing one piece. I ended up using radiata pine for the wood, it hasn't gotten any poly yet but I wanted to put the taps and the handles on to get an idea of how it would look.


The handles and the trim make me thinking this should have been a "coffin" style keezer
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:31 AM   #82
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Great thread, three things if I may ask:

Do you have a template for your tap handle inserts?

Can you link the amazon store for the blower and hose per chance?

Have you tried rare earth magnets for your drip tray? I have some neodymium magnets i was going to just super glue to a drip tray, but if you have already tried that, I will keep looking.. I don't plan on chalkboard paint, so I need to find something that won't slip on the metal sides.

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I downloaded the default one and it didn't fit, lol. I ended up making a multilayer one in GIMP (free graphics program similar to Photoshop) and do it in there. If you use GIMP I would be glad to load it somewhere for you. I attached a sample of the end result though. I have trim lines and edge lines that show me what is in front and how big it needs to be. I put in a picture and text or whatever and print it then cut it out. Works really well.

Here is the blower I used...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product
and the hose...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product
and the transformer...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product

If you have an old cell phone charger or similar that would work but I wanted to play with the speed so got the variable output one. I ended up settling on 3.5v which is trivial power wise and does a great job.

Yeah I actually have four of the rare earth disc magnets (9.5mm) glued to the tray. As mentioned there is a slip factor on the smooth surface of the freezer but it stays put on the chalkboard. I would bet if you put a piece of tape or even painted the magnets it would solve that problem though. You just need something to give the slick metal magnets some traction on that surface.

Hope that helped. Anymore questions fire away. Before I started researching everything here and asking questions I had no hope of mine turning out like it did, lol. This place is a great source of info.

EDIT: And I just realized I took a picture of my tap with the same sheet I attached here, lol. Guess you can see how it turned out too.

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Old 11-17-2010, 12:43 AM   #83
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Are you still happy with the GE 7 Cu Ft freezer? The local Home Depot has it on sale right now for $168 and I was going to try to talk SWMBO into letting me get myself an early Christmas present...while also suggesting that maybe she'd like to get me a kegging setup for under the tree.

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Wow for that price it is a steal. I'm happy with mine and that was like 40 bucks more.

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The handles and the trim make me thinking this should have been a "coffin" style keezer
Not sure what a coffin style is, but I guess it kinda looks like a casket if that's what you mean. I was just going for a "finished" look without really looking like a piece of furniture, so to say. To be honest, all credit is due to TomSD as I basically just copied what he did as it looks good, is functional, and he put the thought into the functionality and appearance while maintaining a good balance between the two. That's my opinion, and I am pleased so far.
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Pretty sure the coffin style is the one with the tower and taps vs the collar.

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I'm back with another question. So the collar is built and glued onto the lid. Now I'm trying the figure the holes i need to drill in the back of the collar. Basically my question is do you think a rubber grommet would work to insulate the holes opposed to filling them with foam? My tank is outside. Love controller on front face wired to a junction box on back of collar. And i need to hook up a fan and some kind of heat source. Foam seems a little to permanent to me. Thanks for any help.

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I would think a grommet would work or you could do a bulkhead fitting for the gas if you intend to hook/unhook a lot.

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Are you still happy with the GE 7 Cu Ft freezer? The local Home Depot has it on sale right now for $168 and I was going to try to talk SWMBO into letting me get myself an early Christmas present...while also suggesting that maybe she'd like to get me a kegging setup for under the tree.
Here's a link to it. FREE SHIPPING?!?! http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...47&marketID=48

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Tom quick question, how much of a PITA would this be if I were to move? I'm not sure how long I'm going to remain in my current living situation, and I wouldn't want to build this thing just for it to be a bitch to move. Granted I do have a pick-up truck, and I'm a fairly strapping young lad. The thing is probably what, around 100 pounds with casters? I just want to make sure that if I move, I can take this with me without much of a hassle.

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