So on black friday, picked up a 2 keg kit from kegconnection and a 5.0cf Holiday chest freezer from Lowes. Total for the 2 big items is under $350. Not a bad start.
Went to Big Orange and picked up supplies to build the collar. Wasn't totally decided if I was going to stain the collar or tile it up. I found these glass mosiac tiles on clearance for $2.98 a sheet so that made up my mind.
Pics of the collar build. The cutouts of the tiles are where the shanks are going to go.