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Old 12-05-2009, 05:28 PM   #11
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Your call on the bottle caps, but I think the wood stained would looked excellent.
I meant to say the same. I think stone or tile would look better than the bottle caps. I've seen the caps done and it looks good, I just think stone or tile would better suit the style of this keezer.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:32 PM   #12
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Very, very nice! Good job.

I have the same freezer (in black), and will give you a small word of caution: Mine does feel a little warm to the touch, on the outside walls, after it's been running a while. So just keep an eye on it.

Maybe two or three muffin fans would be a good idea, if there is room between the wood sides and the freezer.

I'd be leery about covering up the vents on the compressor access panel on the side too.

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:50 AM   #13
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Ok. I just called it a night after working on the keezer off-and-on today.

First I drilled the mounting holes for the LED lights and sanded the entire keezer with some fine sandpaper to smooth out the hard corners, etc. Then some wood putty here and there, and again some fine sanding.

Then I stained it:





Then I soldered all of the LED wiring together. I ended up doing 5 bright white 3.3V LEDs wired in 2 parallel legs (one with 3 LEDs in series and the other with 2 LEDs in series).



Once wired, I installed them through the inside of the coffin. These are upside-down L-shaped holes, so the LEDs are fed in the back and down through the underside of the trim on the top-front of the coffin. The 4 taps will be below and between the 5 lights:



The LEDs are then pushed into the chrome LED holders and then mounted on the underside of the trim above (and behind) where the taps will be (when my shanks come in):





They really look cool, especially glinting off of a perlick when I hold one in place. :-) This picture just doesn't do it justice:



Anyway, that was it for today. Tomorrow, probably at least the first 1 or 2 coats of poly on the whole thing. I really need to figure out what to do about the top. I'll probably take a run to the local tile store and see what I can find.

More updates to come as progress is made... hoping to get it finished soon!

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Old 12-06-2009, 01:23 PM   #14
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Celebration Ale is a great beer for a project.

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Old 12-06-2009, 02:19 PM   #15
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Celebration Ale is a great beer for a project.

Agreed! And really nice looking project. Wish I had the space for a Keezer.
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Ok, I think I'm sold on the bottle cap idea. We did a quick test, and laid out a mosaic pattern, and it really looks cool.



Planning to us crystal clear epoxy resin to fill it.



The blank space is where the SS driptray will be, when it arrives.



Otherwise, making progress with the poly coats today.

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Old 12-06-2009, 10:01 PM   #17
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I ended up doing 5 bright white 3.3V LEDs in series, powered with an old 12V cellphone charger. I used a 220ohm resister to get the rated current for the LEDs.
Doesn't compute.

Other than that, I am in complete awe of your build. Knee-ice!
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Doesn't compute.

Other than that, I am in complete awe of your build. Knee-ice!
Thanks!

12V Positive > 220 ohm resistor > LED > LED > LED > LED > LED > 12V Negative

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Did they all end up the same brightness, wiring them in series?

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In your first three posts you have outdone everything I have done related to homebrewing. Well done! It looks great!

Your call on the bottle caps, but I think the wood stained would looked excellent.
I retract my last statement. The pattern you made up with the caps actually looks really good. Normally they're scattered about randomly, but I like how that looks. Good call.
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