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Old 06-03-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Well i thought it was time for my first DIY.

After much searching for reasonably priced drip tray, i decided to try and make one myself. I did what any resonable man in my situation would do.... walk around home depot for hours looking for something that could be cobbed together... until i found this:



It turns out that a floor heat duct/register is the perfect size for a recessed drip tray

First take off the top (it just snaps off), then take out the louver that allows you to open and close it



Then I cut a piece of 1/8" plexiglass to fit into the bottom. you'll notice that on the home depot registers there is a clip, that works perfectly to press fit the plexi. On the Lowes register there is a lip that the plexi can be glued too.



Then just run a bead of caulk on the inside to make it water tight, snap the lid back on, and you are ready to go

Total Cost under 20 dollars


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Old 06-03-2009, 02:49 AM   #2
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good thinking. i'd like to see the installation.



 
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:04 AM   #3
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agreed, let's see her finished! good idea.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:09 AM   #4
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here are some photos of my kegerator that i made. The top is layed up maple with a 1/4 inch skirt to cover the top of the sanyo fridge. the wood top is made to press fit over the original top, and the screws for the rails hold it all together.






you will notice that the drip tray is different. after i started modifying the home depot one, i found one i liked better at lowes...



The last picture is the aluminum billet tap handle that my gf got me for christmas....she custom made the emblem that is inset.

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Old 06-03-2009, 04:01 AM   #5
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Weird. I just started building my collar for my freezer today. I was thinking of just making a drip tray. I was planning on using a vent like you did. Beat me to it.

 
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:45 PM   #6
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They say great minds think alike! lets see yours when you're done with it.
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:01 PM   #7
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Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! Would you happen to know if Home Depot has 18" registers? Preferably 6" wide?

 
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:59 PM   #8
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It won't look as pretty as yours. When putting the collar together, I seemed to fail in the most basic woodworking. It is definitely ghetto rigged.

 
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:07 PM   #9
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Iceman,

I can't remember what sizes they have. I know i didn't get the biggest register they had, I just can't remember whether they had a 18x6.

Julohan,

Some people had hunting dads, others had car mechanic dads, i had a dad who is essentially a master carpenter. I owe everything i know to him.

If you want to send me a couple pictures, i may beable to give you some tips to spruce it up
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Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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That second one is nice. is it stainless though? Worried about it rusting?


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