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russekc 04-05-2010 10:24 PM

Russ' Keezer Build
I dont have as many pics as I would like because I was limited to my iphone for a camera, but I thought I would show what I did for my Keezer. I started off with a Kenmore that I got for my birthday. My original plan was to keep it simple and add just a collar, but after looking at all the beautiful keezers on here I couldnt resist kicking it up a notch.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:26 PM

The beginning
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as i said, i started with a kenmore chest freezer. i built a base with casters to make it a little more mobile.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:28 PM

the top
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next i added a top. i used 3/4" ply on the top and under the lid, sandwiched together using 2.5" bolts. I used some nice 1x4 to trim it out.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:33 PM

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Once i got the top on, i started on the coffin. i didnt have a real formal plan for any of this, so i just mocked some stuff up and went with it. i made a hinged back door and used some 3" PVC for the plumbing. i found some insulation and wrapped it up with zip ties. i knew the dimensions i needed based on the measurements of the trim, tile (12x12) and drip tray (12x5).

russekc 04-05-2010 10:34 PM

mock up
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once i got the basic dimensions for the coffin cut, i mocked everything up with the tile i picked out and the faucets and tap handles.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:36 PM

the plumbing
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backing up a bit, here are some shots of the PVC with insulation. I also took some of that insulation, rolled it up, and used it to plug the ends.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:39 PM

more coffin work
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i decided to get a little more elaborate with the coffin. i originally planned on using the smaller tile for the back splash, but changed my mind and put them on top of the lid. i also decided to put another ring of trim where the tap holes are.

russekc 04-05-2010 10:42 PM

almost finished
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the coffin is complete, and i added a coat of flat black paint. the tile isnt set yet, just laid out to see how it looks. i still need to add the drip tray and i'm waiting for some misc hoses and disconnects to come in and it will be functional. no more picnic tap for me! i'm pretty proud of it so far. i'll post more pics when i get more work done.

KUbrew 04-06-2010 12:17 AM

looks great, can't wait to see if finished!

MistyMountainHops 04-07-2010 01:18 AM

I agree! Nice work Russ. You have got me wanting to revamp my set up. Post more pics once it is complete.

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