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Old 03-23-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Not just any keezer build....it's my keezer build

So thanks to my SWMBO for getting me my starter kit and this forum, you are quickly draining my funds, but I am loaded with excitement for every new project.

I have begun my keezer conversion today. I will try to post updates as I go along. It will not be a daily event but I am sure at least something will happen at least twice a week. I may ask some questions along the way but this forum has helped me out tremendously. Once I post to the show us your kegerator thread I will surely become a premium member for all your guys help.

Step 1: Purchase chest freezer - Kenmore 8.8 cu ft - black



Step 2: Purchase pine lumber, wood stain, and other maintenance items for all parts needed.

Step 3: Mider cut all parts to hopefully give a smooth look. This was my first time doing any wood work so we'll see what the finished product looks like.



Step 4: Sand all wood before staining

Step 5: I used wood staining pre-treatment and then quickly stained with Cabot cherry wood stain. I will let dry for about 48 hours before the second coat



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Old 03-23-2010, 11:06 PM   #2
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Step 6: Build my base for the keezer, using 2x4's. This will add a little bit of height to the taps, and I will also place some casters on them as well to make it more portable, and add more height. I used some wood screws and liquid nails to help hold it together.



The next phase will be just to add one (maybe two) more coats of stain on then seal it up with some gloss.

That was it for the day. I hope to get this done sooner or later so I can park in my garage again.


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Old 03-23-2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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Please enlighten me... You have 4 shorter section and 3 longer sections... what are you planning for this? Looks like too much for a collar but not enough for a coffin box.

Nice work so far, I'll be a few weeks behind you on my build and I can't wait. Just today I received my 4 Perlick faucets and SS shanks from AHB. We're relocating to FL in 5 days (not that anyone is counting) and will have a nice sized house instead of a cramped condo, so SWMBO has given me approval to build a sweet keezer. I'll be starting it as soon as I can find a used freezer at a decent price to convert.
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On second thought... I bet you're building a collar, and then using the two extra short pieces and one longer piece to go around the bottom of the freezer to cover up the 2x4 base...
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On second thought... I bet you're building a collar, and then using the two extra short pieces and one longer piece to go around the bottom of the freezer to cover up the 2x4 base...
We have a winner!!!

It's fun working on this project. It kind of makes me fell like I missed out on a lot of stuff since this is my first real DIY project. Good luck on the move and keep getting your parts lined up for your build.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:17 PM   #6
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As a little update for anybody who may be curious. My Perlick faucets came in yesterday, and continued with the project.

Step 7: Drill holes for 4 faucets. For those who never did this before I drilled a small started hole, and then used a 1" hole saw using the started hole for guidance. Also to help save the wood, drill the hold half the way on one side then finish the hole on the other side again using the starter hole.

Step 8: I sanded the boards with a fine sandpaper and gave the wood a second coat of stain.

I hope that tomorrow I will be able to get the first coat of varnish or poly-urethane on the wood.
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Tap #4: Penn Dark Clone 1.0

Conditioning in Kegs: Pollinated porter

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Old 03-25-2010, 10:34 PM   #7
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Looking good. I bet you are itching to try out those perlicks. I know I was when i got them.
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I bet you are itching to try out those perlicks.
You betcha. They look great and from all the comments that I read here, there really is no other faucet.

I am just looking forward to getting this project finished since I already have a beer kegged, waiting to be chilled and poured.
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Step 9: I used a fine sandpaper after the second coat of stain then I added a coat of semi-gloss polyurethane. Below is a picture of one of the boards outside with some natural sunlight.



Depending on the temperature in my garage I am hoping to get all the coats of polyurethane in by the weekend so I can start gluing everything together soon.
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Tap #4: Penn Dark Clone 1.0

Conditioning in Kegs: Pollinated porter

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Old 03-30-2010, 02:34 AM   #10
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I got the second coat of the polyurethane on the external sides today.





I plan on getting a single coat of urethane on the internal sides just to help prevent from some humidity damage. I think that I should be able to begin gluing some of the things together starting Friday.


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