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Old 05-10-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys, after bottling for the past few years and lurking around about 100 different keezer build threads I decided to take the plunge (and hopefully pass on some of the entertainment these threads can provide). First of all, I want to warn everyone that before this I have had about 2 hours of woodworking experience and have never layed tile, stained wood, or cut miters before in my life—things are going relatively well so far but be warned. I started off by grabbing a 3 keg kit from kegcowboy (great prices, but they did take a while to ship everything out—only my personal experience) and a 7 cu.ft. GE freezer from sam’s club because I couldn't find anything on CL right away. After a bit more looking around, I decided on a collar design since I didn’t feel like trying to cool a coffin, and thus it began.
My initial design was pretty simple…your basic freezer with a collar and a tiled top (as you may have guessed, this didn’t last). First I realized that I had a white freezer and (IMHO) it wouldn’t look great against the dark stain I was planning on using on the collar so I grabbed some black rust-oleum appliance spray paint and fixed that issue (it took me 2 cans to coat all 4 sides but not the top). My next revision came when I thought about how I didn’t really like the idea of being able to see the side of the freezer top and the white weather stripping between the tile top and the collar so I added *another* collar which will overlap the original one (pics make this much clearer).


You can see the color of the pine before and after staining here (the raw wood is the stuff with the weights on it)

This is the tile frame (which sits on top of the freezer lid) on top of the second collar which will cover the sides of the freezer lid and come down about 1" over the larger collar (the one with the taps).


Another view of the tile frame--the lighting makes it look really dark but it is the same color as the rest of the stained wood
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And here is how my first tiling job turned out (not grouted yet)


I decided to use some select pine 1x6’s for the collar and EDIT:1x4’s: for the tile frame and the “upper” collar. I initially bought some minwax polyshades at good ol' home depot but was really disapointed in how it looked on the test board I did (streaky, uneven, etc). It wasn’t until I did a little research on staining that I learned pine can be a bit finicky when it comes to staining unevenly . Fortunately I have a nice woodworking store here in Memphis and one of the guys there was able to point me in the right (and simple) direction. I ended up with some General Finishes water based rosewood stain and polyacrylic top coat (I also tried the wood dye that they sell and was very happy with how much of the grain it preserved but they didn’t have it in the color I wanted and I was too lazy to start mixing dyes). Just fyi I used a foam brush to apply everything.

I was able to get the color you see in the previous pics with 1 generous coat of stain wiped off after 1 minute and followed by 3 coats of the polyacrylic.

I'm going to end this post before it gets stupid long and go pick up some correctly sized screws for the next step on Mr. Keezer.

(PS--never posted images before so let me know how I can improve size/layout/etc)

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I'll update with some more new pictures tonight but a quick post about where the plan is going from here...

After looking at quite a few keezer builds, I started thinking about how useful casters would be given how heavy this will be when filled with kegs. The decision to install casters makes it nessasary to install a collar/skirt around the bottom to hide them from view. This meant a trip to the depot and plans for a wooden base to support the casters/freezer.

A while later I got all the 2x4's cut...

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Looking good. Can't wait to see it all done.

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Wow! Hope it never craps out on you.

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cheezydemon3 Wow! Hope it never craps out on you.
haha yeah...I doubt they will want to take the return if it dies on me right away



As promised...pictures!

Here is the base I put together to support the freezer.



I'm also toying around with the idea building a frame up off of the base and either doing some wood paneling or some tile on the sides (similar to the top). Going to think about it tonight and see what I come up with (suggestions welcome). The glue on the collar should be dry by now as well so I'll put together a mockup of how the lid is going to fit together tomorrow.
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For never cutting a single miter cut in your life, you did really well. Great job!

Personally, I'd avoid biting off more than you can chew and just go with the wood collar and tile top. Leave the wood paneled sides for a future project. But if you're really unhappy with the paint job or you're really excited about getting into woodworking...then go for it.

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LandoLincoln: For never cutting a single miter cut in your life, you did really well. Great job!

Thanks...there was a *lot* of measuring done for each one of those cuts (and of course they still didn't come out exactly even after some sanding).
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Hope everyone had a good mother's day today--I thought I would give a little update as to how everything is going on the keezer.

It turns out that lightly bumping my new paint job with a big piece of backerboard is a good way to scratch up the freezer (oh well). I'm not too torn up about it though since I had pretty much decided to try the tiled surround anyway and this gives me a good excuse (per LandoLincoln's comments--yeah, probably a little more excited than I should be )

The design is pretty simple; it is going to have a 3 sided frame (back will be left open) with 1.5" clearance between the freezer and the backerboard on the front and ~2.5-3" of clearance on the sides for cooling. I am also leaving an opening for the vent on the side of the freezer and might end up installing a small cooling fan if it seems like I need it.
Here's a pic of the beginnings of the frame:


Next I scored and broke the backerboard (used 1/2" since it needs the extra rigidity) and mounted it onto the frame--the front piece didn't break cleanly but trim will cover the chipped area so I didn't worry about it. You can see the hole I left for the compressor vent. The bottom pieces of cement board on the near side will only be supporting trim (no tiles) so I didnt bother cutting them exactly to size.


I couldn't get the screws to sit flush with the cement board and I really didn't want to deal with any problems with uneven tiles that might arise from protruding screw heads so I did a little extra drilling around each hole so that everything would be flush/recessed.



Next up will be mounting the last of the cement board and measuring and cutting the trim...

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Hmmmm..Good idea to make the frame separate! If it does need replacing, dimensions should be similar on a new freezer.

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Hmmmm..Good idea to make the frame separate! If it does need replacing, dimensions should be similar on a new freezer.

Thanks...the only thing that is going to be attached to the freezer directly will be the collar (which I can probably break the glue on if I really set my mind to it). The tiles on the top and the upper collar are all attached directly to the freezer lid which I can take off and transfer over to another freezer (as long as it is the same size/model) if for some reason I need to.

I should have some time to work on measuring/cutting the trim later today so I'll see if I can post some more pics.

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