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Old 11-21-2011, 07:21 AM   #1
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Default My "Man Cave" adult beverage dispenser

This thread will probably have less than 10 posts from me - but I wanted to show everyone what can be done if you use your imagination and don't get in a big hurry.

Our kegerator / beverage dispenser started out life as a huge Montgomery Ward chest freezer. I found it on Craigslist over a year ago and my only regret, is that I didn't take more pictures.

Anyway.... The person who sold it, did so because one of the hinges broke ---

Now the project steps completed as of last night ( in order, over the last few months)

Bottom frame built out of 2" X 4" lumber and casters attached

Top removed, inside cover painted and sprayed with foam insulation by a local company. The original plastic and insulation was not re-useable

Freezer base sanded and 4 coats of Rustoleum applied ( sanded in between coats)

Collar built out of 2" X 4" lumber and trimmed in cedar

4 tap shanks installed in collar after it was stained

Freezer lid had 3 coats of spray paint applied and sanded in between - I really didn't like the look, so I found the color I was after ( you'll understand when you see the finished pictures ) and applied 7 coats of Rustoleum with sanding in between

Applied vinyl decals to freezer lid -

Applied 3 coats of Krylon clear over decals

Started Saturday (11/19/2011) with polyurethane - I will put on 2 coats a day for the next week or so and see how much I can get the finish built up. My goal is to be able to set glassware or bottles on the top and not damage the vinyl decals over time.

I will update this thread at least weekly --- my goal was to be completed by Thanksgiving as my Thanksgiving Ale (pumpkin spiced) is ready to go. I will not make that goal, but it will completed by Christmas!













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Old 11-21-2011, 08:51 AM   #2
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Wow, you know I have a 25 cu ft freezer laying around and I was wondering if someone had attempted a GIANT keezer build. Now I know.

Can't wait to see the end of this.



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Old 11-22-2011, 07:09 AM   #3
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Because this is a themed project ( imagine sports ) I cannot show pictures of the lid until it is finished. Yesterday ( 11/21 ) I put on the 5th and 6th coat of polyurethane over the decals. I'll take a few pictures over the holiday weekend and post them. It would be safe to say - this is really gonna floor everyone.

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Old 11-22-2011, 07:30 AM   #4
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a miami fan stuck in TX? Almost as bad as me, Im a Bucs fan in MN

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I've got my own assumptions in re what team you're thinking of.


Discount double check?

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You got to BEAR down in Indiana!!!!

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Got a four tap keezer in a 7 cubic foot chest maybe someday I will go bigger.

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[QUOTE= Discount double check?[/QUOTE]

Actually I was born in Milwaukee --- but Green Bay has no place on this one!

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Why are you overselling the awesomeness of this before the pictures come? Awesomeness is self evident, but diminished by hype.

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Why are you overselling the awesomeness of this before the pictures come?


You have a good point ---- I'll try and refrain from doing that in the future. I only did so because I never imagined when the project was being kicked around, it would turn out like it has, enough said.

This morning ( 4:50 am ) I put on the 11th coat of polyurethane and probably have 1 cup left out of the quart I started with. Because of family/friends over for the holiday, I wanted to get it done early so that it will be dry by Turkey time.

I would love to have the lid mounted by Monday evening as I don't return to work until Tuesday....

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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