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Old 03-20-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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WOW.....that looks amazing!

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Old 03-20-2012, 02:20 PM   #12
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Nice very clean looking!

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Old 04-04-2012, 04:38 AM   #13
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Well, I've got all 8 taps flowing now. Two CO2 manifolds are mounted under the lid. I've got the coffin insulated and the fan circulating air through. It seems to keep the beer lines fairly cool.

I went with the gas lift-assist springs. Can't beat $25 for a pair: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details

They work great! I hardly need any force to lift the lid and more importantly they act as a stop so that the lid does not go too far over. Sure beats the decapitation stick I was using for a while.

Hopefully I'll have some more time soon the finish the curved legs and veneer the panels soon.

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:29 AM   #14
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Very well done! That's an heirloom piece if I've ever seen one.

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Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #15
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Default What holds bottom of assist lift?

I see the wood support (for lower arm) but wonder how you prevent it from moving away from freezer unless outside frame prevents it moving out under load. I like your lift design and want to make an assisted lid. Thanks if you respond.

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #16
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looks great!

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:55 PM   #17
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That looks super sweet - definitely a unique wood combo as far as I have seen. The gas lift assist is sweet too, I need to implement something like that on mine. as the propping up with 2x4s is getting. I am willing to bet that my lid weighs a bit less than yours as well, as I used glass tile, and I still think mine is exceptionally heavy. Are those springs rated for 80 lbs each or combined?

I would definitely be interested to see pics of how those arms are attached to the base (or the freezer itself?)

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:19 PM   #18
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This build looks amazing!! I'm definitely taking notes.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #19
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I'll take some other pictures of the spring mounts tonight. They are mounted to a 'frame' that is 3 boards - very dense 1" beech. The boards are lap jointed at the corner (very strong). The vertical board is attached to the base with a block of wood and screws. The horizontal board is a attached to a small block that wraps around the back of the freezer and is mounted to the freezer with a screw into the hinge mount. (It will make more sense with pictures).
The other end of the spring is just screwed to the lid. I used some carpet tape to stick the boards to the side of the freezer, though that is not working well. The boards bow away from the freezer by maybe a 1/4". I may try to epoxy them to the side, but the framework is pretty stable as is.

As for the 80 lb rating, I really don't know if it is each or both. I think both. I could hardly compress them before they were mounted and actually thought they were too much, but they seem just right.

I weighed how much force I need to open the lid by standing on a scale and pushing the lid up. Came out to be about 70 pounds.

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:21 AM   #20
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Very Nice! can't wait to see the finished case!

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