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Old 05-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #191
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My guess is operator error. This was my first time using an angle grinder.
In that case if no blood was shed it was a success!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:31 PM   #192
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Thanks for the great thread passedpawn. I finally had the time to cut the tops and add the ball valves this weekend.

Your rig works like a charm!

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:31 PM   #193
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This should be a sticky in DIY! So easy, I thought about hunting more kegs just to save them from a life of holding light beer.

Took about 10 minutes to cut through once I had the jig assembled. 5 minutes with a flap disc to clean it up and bam.

Now just to polish it up.

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:43 PM   #194
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I'm going to Home Depot today to build this jig. My handles mount on the sides just like this. I'll post back once I'm done. My neighbor wants to do the same so we may do both at the same time.

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I used a 4x6 joist hanger (could have gotten away with a 4x4) and cut it down to not get in the way of the guard on the grinder. Drilled some holes in it for large bolts to thread into the grinder, used a double-nut on one side to securely hold the grinder upright, and a PVC spacer on the other to snug things up. This was fastened to a 1.25" PVC coupler by a length of all-thread (nuts on either side of the joist hanger to secure it). The only change that's hard to see is I used a double-nut setup on the 'back' side of the coupler after discovering how much the vibration loosened things up.













I touched up the edges of the grind with a 60-grit flapper disc on the grinder till I can run my finger around the whole thing and not find any sharp places.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:27 PM   #195
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[*]If you intend on using a grinder with the same jig that I built, you'll need one with a handle mount on the back of the grinder head, not just on the sides. Some grinders (especially the cheap Harbor Freight ones) don't have this hole.
I just went to Harbor Freight, and they have a grinder that has the hole where you want it for the handle. It was only $29:

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:32 AM   #196
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Just cut mine tonight. Just used the PVC coupler and a couple zip ties. In the future I will be adding the second piece of PVC that extends into the keg as mine was slightly more wobbly than I would have liked. But all in all cut a perfect circle, Just needs to be cleaned up a bit.

No before pictures, I always seem to forget those

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:40 PM   #197
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Is that old beer inside? Looks tasty!

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:10 PM   #198
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Just a scale on the sides/bottom. I filled it with water to reduce noise. From that angle it does look like old beer. Soaked it in PBW and it is nice and clean now .

Started the process of polishing it.

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Thanks for the genius JIG!. Cut both of mine today and they are perfect.


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Thanks for the genius JIG!. Cut both of mine today and they are perfect.
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