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2puttbird 03-27-2011 01:49 AM

Mid-Missouri freezer conversion
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Hi All ... it's snowing in mid-MO, so it's the perfect day to start a thread on my freezer conversion ... I've read so many, many threads on this forum and thank you all for posting your projects and giving me a lot of ideas and information.

The first photo shows the server that I'm using as my inspiration for color and general design, because the keezer will sit right next to it when complete (the stools will be relocated).

The second photo shows that Lowes must be listening to all of you who have received your freezer banged up ... I don't think I've ever received an appliance with the box wrapped in bubble wrap! However, while there were no dents or other obvious damage, the handle on my lid was not attached ... but that's of little consequence since I won't be using the lid anyway :D

2puttbird 03-27-2011 01:54 AM

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My first step was to build a base, and I decided to include some trim to simulate the bottom of the server. Nothing fancy ... I used 2.5" swivel casters, a 2x4 frame, and a piece of CDX for the basic cart, then surrounded it with a 1/2 x 6 "skirt" and then attached the crown molding ... the dark pieces of wood are some hardwood scraps that I glued behind the crown molding to provide additional support. The entire base will be painted black.

2puttbird 03-27-2011 02:12 AM

Actually, the above was completed last weekend. Today I primed the base and began making the top.

The outer surface of the top is 1x6 oak, which will be stained a reddish mahagony color to match the top of the server and the kitchen cupboards. SWMBO and I decided today that we're going to install tile on the top, so I'm going to put a simple CDX top on it for starters. There will be a lip of wood around the inside of the bottom to accomodate the gasket, and a "plaque" of wood (probably painted black) in the middle of the front surface on which I will mount the faucets.

I'll have more time to work on it tomorrow and will try to post a few pics tomorrow night.

I'm planning for three faucets, but may only install two initially ... I'm getting prices on kits and hope to order them by Monday or Tuesday, after which I will be traveling for 10 days and won't have a chance to work on it anyway.

Comments and suggestions welcome ... :mug:

2puttbird 03-27-2011 11:22 PM

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Made a bit of progress on the top. I cut and glued up the 1x6 frame last night ... used a couple of nails in each corner and a strap clamp (fashioned from a cargo ratchet strap and some cardboard corner pieces).

Attached the CDX to the top of the 1x6 frame.

Glued and nailed some strips of oak (scraps cut from 1x6 drop-offs, each with a cross-section of about 3/4" x 1 1/16") around the inside of the collar walls, flush with the bottom edge ... I need this extra material to create the gasket seat.

Using my table saw, I made eight cuts (2 along each edge) to remove the material required to create the gasket seat ... close-up in second photo ...

The trial fit of the gasket looks good ... you can see a bit more of the geometry in the fourth photo.

The idea is that the top will actually rest on the inner wood lip, at which point the gasket will be compressed about 30% ... thus, the gasket doesn't have to hold the weight of the relatively heavy top.

A4J 03-28-2011 04:15 AM

Looks great so far! You've got some skills.

Are you going to build false door and drawer front to make it look just like the server?

fujieagle 03-28-2011 05:11 AM

Very Nice. Can't wait to see it done.

2puttbird 03-28-2011 12:41 PM


Originally Posted by A4J (Post 2779948)
Looks great so far! You've got some skills.

Are you going to build false door and drawer front to make it look just like the server?

Not many skills, but I enjoy building stuff and am forunate enough to have a decent wood shop ... and luckily for me, having the right tools outweighs having skills.

Hadn't really considered adding false features to match the server, aside from teh colors and the trim around the bottom ... but I will give it some thought ... thanks for the idea. :mug:

2puttbird 04-11-2011 02:38 AM

Wow, it's been a while ... I've been traveling the last two weeks and didn't have time to do almost anything (plus I have a water feature project in front of th house that is going to demand some of my time in the next few weeks) ... I was trying to get my conversion kit ordered, but I can't believe how hard it is to do so, so I still haven't ordered it (but am hoping to do it this week) ... however, I did get a 12" SS drip tray and some hard drive magnets purchased off eBay, so I started working on the drip tray assembly today ... I have the initial piece cut, but need to go grab an oak board and some oak crown molding to finish it off ... will stain the wood reddish to match the upper part and create a (hopefully) nice contrast with the black freezer.

2puttbird 04-25-2011 01:19 AM

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I have nearly completely recovered from perhaps the longest illness of my adult life ... and to think it all started with some allergies and a sinus infection! But I digress ...

My kit arrived this week ... a 3-tap kit with 525PC faucets ... I have no experience with this stuff, but everything seems to be in order.

I only had a couple hours to work on the project this weekend, but I did get a little bit done with the drip tray mount. I had previously cut a piece of 1-by pine to the same size as the drip tray. Today I trimmed it on three sides with 1/2" oak ripped to be flush on the top and bottom (1st photo), then trimmed out the underside with some crown molding and glued a few pieces of scrap 1-by underneath to provide an attachment base (2nd photo). The third photo shows it with the drip tray in place.

I will sand it, fill the nail holes, and stain the oak the same reddish color as the top, which I hope will look good against the black freezer.

But now my inexperience is showing ... as you can see, I built the mount so that the edge of the drip tray will be against the freezer wall ... that seemed intuituve to me, and I never considered another design ... but now that I have my kit, I can see that the faucet is going to stick out about 3.5" from the collar ... and I'm a bit worried that my 5" drip tray will not extend far enough from the freezer to catch all of the "drips". Is there a rule of thumb for how far past the end of the faucet I should place the drip tray?

2puttbird 05-09-2011 02:00 AM

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Too many spring projects going on this weekend to get a lot done on the keezer, but we did purchase the tile for the top ... we found some really cool sheets of 3/4 x 3/4 glass tile, wicked expensive but we decided that we would use just two sheets, with black tile around the border ... I took a few minutes to dry fit it, and we think it will look great with the reddish stain on the oak and the black freezer.

I'm comfortable with wood, not so much with tile ... and this will test my abilities, because the glass tile is thinner than the black ceramic tile, so I'll have to spread the adhesive a bit thicker to try and even everything out.

I've got some oak corner molding that I will rip to fit and install around the edges.

We're still trying to decide what color of grout to use ... almost certainly we want to use black with the black tile, but we're not sure that will look good with the glass tile.

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