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naptowndon 01-15-2013 03:53 PM

Rookie Keezer Build
Well after the great posts here and great ideas I have decided that I need to take the plunge and do my own Coffin Keezer build. Figure I can have it in the house as good looking functional furniture. I would like to thank all of those that have posted and inspired me to get rid of the money burning a hole in my pocket and then some to do my build. Now let me note... I am NO wood worker and haven't done a project aside from a simple work bench since 6th grade shop class. So this is a learn as I go project. I am starting with a chest freezer I found on craigslist cheap that will hold 3 corny kegs and my 5# CO2 tank. I also run a 20oz CO2 occasionally. I have an idea in my head of what I want which are ideas I have borrowed from those great minds here. My goal... finish my coffin keezer to be able to pour beer and keep all of my fingers through my rookie build.

pannell77 01-15-2013 04:02 PM

good luck, everyone here is always willing to help answer questions and provide suggestions.

Daddy_Hawk 01-15-2013 07:39 PM

Lots of great info on this site, good luck on the build.

I'll be watching, as I'm also about to begin the great Keezer built soon as well

Jersh 01-15-2013 08:39 PM

Good luck, it's a whole lot of fun to build these things, I'm in the middle of my 2nd keezer build now... The biggest piece of advice I would give you as you start is to make sure you START with good wood, and by good I mean straight. If you're buying your lumber from a big box store grab one of their big 6' levels and use that to make sure every piece you buy is good. Then just put the level back where you found it :-) Also, patience is a virtue when building these things. I rushed through my first build and the results weren't that great. I'm working wayyyyy slower with my 2nd build and so far everything is coming together MUCH better and cleaner.

tally350z 01-15-2013 10:00 PM

good luck, I just finised my keezer build and couldn't be happier.

naptowndon 01-16-2013 05:27 AM

Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I picked Red Oak to work with and picked up 3" casters. I built the frame for the freezer using 2x8. For the outside I am using Red Oak ply and Red Oak for the top and trim. I picked up OSB for the lid. Stained the bottom pieces of ply before putting together someone suggested this but now I'm not sure why I did. I'll start to post some pics this week. 1st rookie mistake... a 2x4 or 2x8 is not really 2x8 so don't figure that into your calculations.

I have a feeling that my first build will make my second build so much better!

naptowndon 01-16-2013 05:51 AM

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A few pics... the casters, freezer, stain. the inside is a mess just running a few kegs off picnic lines.

naptowndon 01-17-2013 03:47 AM

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A little progress I cut the rails and stiles as well as trim for the top and mitered corners

morticus 01-17-2013 03:54 AM

Did you leave a gap between your plywood and freezer? It can cause the compressor to overheat if you don't. The coils use the outside skin of the freezer to take the heat away.

naptowndon 01-17-2013 05:43 PM

I did leave about a 2 1/2 in. gap all the way around the freezer and made sure the fan was not obstructed.

Any suggestions on how to attach the top to the lid? I was going to recess the bolts into the OSB and tighten from the inside. I figured this way if the freezer goes bad I can pull it off and put it on another one. There is plastic on the inside of the lid. I have seen some people add ply there as well for support but without having a collar I don't think I can get my CO2 on the "hump" with the wood. It's a tight fit now. I figured I could just cut away the plastic where the bolts will be and tighten to the lid?

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