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Old 05-18-2012, 12:45 PM   #11
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Progress has finally been made. I realized my casters were too small (125lb load limit) so I got bigger ones (2 @ 210, 2 @ 175). My pocket hole jig came in and I got all of my frame lumber cut to size. I even got most of it mounted yesterday. I'll finish it up today, swap the casters, and get some pictures.

My woodworking buddy had a good idea. Has anybody topped their keezer with slab granite? I am going to stop by a few local places this weekend and see if they have any remnants big enough that I can get for a really good price. Hopefully I can get one and have it cut to the right size then we will trim it in some really nice wood for the countertop of the bar.

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:49 AM   #12
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Making some more progress tonight. I think I've run into a problem, though. I am trying to add a 9" collar to make the compressor hump inside the freezer usable. By doing this, and including the 3" casters I put on it, I'm going to end up with a bar height of 50". I'm not extremely tall (6'0" or 72"). I think I may be overdoing it on this one. If I remove the collar, I can cut it down to about a 41" bar height. What do you guys think?



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Old 05-19-2012, 03:10 AM   #13
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40" is standard bar height, so I recommend the 41". The pic of you next to it currently does not,look like it would be comfortable for long, or for many!

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:10 PM   #14
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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I simulated pouring from a coffin on top of this monster and it feels like I'm pouring from over my head. Not really a good thing.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:01 PM   #15
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I really like the idea of using a slab for the bar top. I thought about doing that for my build but then settled on tiling it instead (just for convenience).

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #16
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I am going with a piece of oak butcher block for my keezer top replacement. This will end up matching my bar lower counter top and back bar.

Eventually I will also skin the keezer with something like .25" oak ply as well. Read on another good keezer thread where someone did this and with the adhesive and the ply they were still getting good heat transfer from the coils so the unit wasn't overheating. I will double check but I think they even gave an update after a year or more in and no compressor issues having done the skin. Just think this will give me an awesome built in look.

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Sorry, almost forgot. While mine is much smaller and won't be as loaded as yours, I did put mine on those moving men discs and I can slide mine around on the concrete patio just fine with 2 kegs, co2, numerous bottles inside.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:59 AM   #18
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My apologies as progress has ground to a halt on this build. It should resume at a rapid pace now. I've gotta give a HUGE thanks to Todd at KegConnection.com for working with me on this build. He took a lot of time to make sure that I had everything that I needed/wanted all in one order and he did a hell of a lot of discounting for me to keep it reasonable.

Christmas pretty much came early this year!







As it turns out, I can fit 8 kegs AND a 25# CO2 tank in the freezer!



And here's a better shot of the sweet 8-gauge secondary regulator stack!

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:37 PM   #19
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So I know it's been FOREVER since I've updated this. Finally got the bar functional about a month ago...



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Old 12-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #20
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I need to finish the cabinetry to skin the outside so you can't see the freezer. The granite slab is HEAVY but I installed a set of 100lb gas struts to assist in lifting the lid. Good news is that they work like a champ. Bad news is that they're a tad too strong so I am going to put heavy magnets on top of those two center ribs to keep it closed.

I can get all 8 kegs in and out (a bit of a pain sometimes but nothing terrible), the CO2 should last a LONG time, and the wife has diet coke on tap in the 8th faucet. I'll take more pictures of this build once I get it wrapped up.

The cabinetry will be a simple frame and panel construction, made out of red oak, and stained the same as the coffin. I have 2 fans that I need to install for air circulation in the coffin, but I have to reconstruct the back of the coffin still (didn't account for mounting my regulators in there and they're too deep).



Gas Struts - (http://www.amazon.com/SUSPA%C2%AE-Sp...ds=100lb+strut)

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