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Old 05-10-2013, 04:32 PM   #31
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That freaking top looks fantastic. Great job!
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #32
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I used ~64 oz of the envirotech, yeah. I bought 64 oz and made a few coaster size test pours since I couldn't find much on embedding grains.

I posted a new thread since I felt like I was thread-jacking Smarch0's!
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/yet-...keezer-410305/

Thanks again Smarch0!!

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #33
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Yeah the top looks awesome, nice job! A very clever use of the epoxy! Thanks for the props and glad I could help, your finished product looks great!

The epoxy I used is shown below, I almost made it with 1 box (1L) or ~32oz for you yanks, but had 1 or 2 spots not quite covered. So I let it dry, then re-poured another layer and it blended seamlessly! So it sounds like 64oz (2L) is the going rate for epoxy tops, final epoxy cost was maybe $90 after taxes.

I would recommend a heat gun for popping bubbles, I tried that and a hair dryer but the heat gun worked much better.


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[quote=brodacious;5176945]Hey smarch0,

Thanks for posting your build. I ripped it off in damn near every way!
About the only thing I did differently was to use a 2-part pour epoxy on top. I embedded some grains, hops, and a drip tray in the epoxy.

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The base tile, is that the self-adhesive one?, I saw it at Lowe's. I was thinking of using the same thing. Back splash tile, same type of thing?
If you mean my tile top, yes they are the self adhesive ones. I had to do a lot of "pre-planning" to make them all fit perfect.

They have a black backing so you can't see between them, but at some of the seams you could just barely see the wood. I fixed that by using a sharpie to color the wood black so it is not noticeable
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:40 AM   #35
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If you mean my tile top, yes they are the self adhesive ones. I had to do a lot of "pre-planning" to make them all fit perfect.

They have a black backing so you can't see between them, but at some of the seams you could just barely see the wood. I fixed that by using a sharpie to color the wood black so it is not noticeable
Yeah those are the ones. I may end up using those as my back splash and some black polished stone for the base. I didn't plan the lid around tile, so it'll be fun to cut and make everything fit pretty.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:02 PM   #36
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Yeah the top looks awesome, nice job! A very clever use of the epoxy! Thanks for the props and glad I could help, your finished product looks great!

The epoxy I used is shown below, I almost made it with 1 box (1L) or ~32oz for you yanks, but had 1 or 2 spots not quite covered. So I let it dry, then re-poured another layer and it blended seamlessly! So it sounds like 64oz (2L) is the going rate for epoxy tops, final epoxy cost was maybe $90 after taxes.

I would recommend a heat gun for popping bubbles, I tried that and a hair dryer but the heat gun worked much better.
Man I didn't even realize you used epoxy also! Looks like I'm even more unoriginal! haha I used a torch on the bubbles which worked well. In the directions on the envirotex it says the C02 pops the bubbles not the heat and you can exhale on them and it will work also. I didn't believe it but the part I exhaled on they all vanished in a cascade which looked super cool. Torch was better for not having to lean over and put your face that close! I also dropped an awesome LED flashlight I had in the epoxy and ruined it
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Man I didn't even realize you used epoxy also! Looks like I'm even more unoriginal! haha I used a torch on the bubbles which worked well. In the directions on the envirotex it says the C02 pops the bubbles not the heat and you can exhale on them and it will work also. I didn't believe it but the part I exhaled on they all vanished in a cascade which looked super cool. Torch was better for not having to lean over and put your face that close! I also dropped an awesome LED flashlight I had in the epoxy and ruined it
It was either epoxy or grout and I saw samples at the store of the metal tile and grout and it just did not look as nice. And as for being "unoriginal" are we not all for the most part copying some one else's idea anyways

And on the topic of LED lights, after seeing your top I had a crazy idea that you could take those LED rope lights or maybe LED light strips and epoxy those into the top!

It would suck if they ever burned out but LED's are supposed to last a long time...right? I'm sure some one could think of an awesome design with lights in the top!
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It was either epoxy or grout and I saw samples at the store of the metal tile and grout and it just did not look as nice. And as for being "unoriginal" are we not all for the most part copying some one else's idea anyways

And on the topic of LED lights, after seeing your top I had a crazy idea that you could take those LED rope lights or maybe LED light strips and epoxy those into the top!

It would suck if they ever burned out but LED's are supposed to last a long time...right? I'm sure some one could think of an awesome design with lights in the top!
That is an awesome idea!
You could line the edge and it would make the entire surface light up I would think! Maybe hide them by overhanging a bit of the surface wood. Man I wish I thought of that!
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That is an awesome idea!
You could line the edge and it would make the entire surface light up I would think! Maybe hide them by overhanging a bit of the surface wood. Man I wish I thought of that!
Think of it this way, you have plenty of time to think and plan it for the next one
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:31 AM   #40
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"Put the freezer on the base and reattached the lid. Used 2 auto trunk air shocks I found at PrincessAuto for $10 each! I didn't plan it but the spacing just happen to work out for the shocks to fold in beside the freezer...there was some luck involved in this project"

What was the final measurement of spacing between the freezer and your framing? I am starting to design my own spin-off of your build.

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