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t3e871 02-28-2012 09:15 PM

My Keezer - The Documentary
I read the thread, looked at all of the different designs, learned the ins and outs of sketchup, and began my quest.

Thanks to everyone on HomeBrewtalk.com for the "keezer" ideas...

I started with the sketchup file jeezer was kind enough to send me, but quickly realized I need to make numerous modifications so I started a brand new sketchup file and put the major components in place (virtually).

Here is a picture of my original file:

As I build I am making modifications and will periodically update the model.

You can download the entire model from the sketchup model warehouse here:

Build pictures coming soon!

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:19 PM

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Here is the cart of African mahogany I picked each board from the local lumber yard. One was almost 20" wide! I originally thought about using it as the bar top, but have decided to go with tile or stone.

I start all of my woodworking projects with a rough draft on paper. I now add those drawings into sketchup for accuracy.

I started with 50 BF of lumber and two full sheets of 1/4" mahogany plywood.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:22 PM

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Next I laid out the parts from my cut list onto the lumber and picked the best grain to show. I also had a homebrew before I dimensioned the boards into the proper thickness and width and cut the panels from the plywood.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:26 PM

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I can't say enough good things about my Festool saw - it makes cutting plywood much less stressful (and accurate). I book matched the front and side panels of the skirt and cut the rails and stiles on the tablesaw.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:33 PM

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I cut the rails and stiles to size and used Kreg Pocket Screws to fasten the parts and hold the panels. I'm a novice woodworker, but have usually done all of my joinery using more traditional joints, like mortise and tenon, lap joints, dovetails, etc...but the speed and ease of this pocket hole system is hard to beat. I used some wood glue, but for the most part you can just screw everything together.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:36 PM

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Panels installed

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:39 PM

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Next I focus my attention on building the rolling base to set the freezer on.

I initially put the swivel casters on one side and the fixed casters opposite, allowing the base to roll length-wise. I should have put the fixed casters the other direction allowing the keezer to move in and out away from the wall.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:44 PM

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I ordered 4 of these 80mm case fans from Amazon for $1.99 each with free shipping - (I love Prime). I wired them to a 15v wart charger I had laying around; drilled holes in the base to direct the air on the sides of the freezer.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:49 PM

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the freezer manual calls for 3" of clearance on each side and front, but my skirt is only 2" away from the sides hence the reason I opted to put the fans in the base.

Last picture shows the skirt on the base and with the freezer in place.

t3e871 02-28-2012 11:53 PM

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At this point I was thinking about using the wide board for the bar top. After I wet it with denatured alcohol to bring out the grain, I noticed there was really no way to make a nice flowing grain pattern work on the bar top.

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