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Old 05-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
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I'll spare you the long build thread since I'm just standing on the shoulders of giants here. There is some great keezer porn here and my project is pretty modest. I'll just share a couple things I came across.



I liked the idea of getting the taps and hoses out of the way when switching kegs so i decided to attach the collar to the lid but struggled with how to attach it. I decided to just make a new top. I have a bunch of leftover oak flooring so I slapped it together, stained it and gave it 6 coats of polyurethane. It looks very nice. I used satin finish but next time I will use glossy, I think. It would have been real simple if I had more big clamps. The jury rig clamps I made were a pain. Lesson One: Buy more clamps.

I used pine for the collar itself. I mitered the corners to 45 deg. but I don't know why I bothered. My plan was always to paint it so exposed grain would not have been a big deal. As it was I couldn't get the edges to line up just right and stay clamped so did a lot of sanding to cover up the sloppy joinery. I make no pretense of woodworking skillz. I spent far too much time wrestling with this stage. Lesson Two: Don't get fancy when you don't need to.

I painted the collar with exterior latex. I had to sand down the brush marks.
I used a foam brush for the polyurethane and should have used that for the paint.

I used leftover rigid foam from my walk-in to insulate the lid. That stuff works really well.



The weight of the collar does strain the hinge a bit. I won't be casually flinging it open.

Now I needed to attached the drip tray and the gas manifold. I couldn't anchor the manifold in the weak foam of the collar but I would have liked to. Like all keezer builders I was terrified of hitting a coil when drilling into the sides. I turned the temp. on the keezer down and watched where frost formed to identify the "safe zone." You can see the frost line in the picture below.



So know I know where I can drill. You get what you pay for and this is an el-cheapo freezer. The interior lining is barely thicker than heavy duty aluminum foil ("Holiday" brand from Lowe's). I pushed the drill bit and it popped through before I even started the drill. It is holding for now but I will have to think of a better solution. The drip tray is anchored pretty well.

A tower is impractical with a chest freezer but the front-side taps have issues. They are dangerously easy to knock open sliding something around on the top and I have small children who I've already threatened with death if they touch them. If anybody has some good handle lock solutions I'd like to hear them.

Finally, the 4.5 in. long (7 in. wide) drip tray is a bit short for the Perlicks which extend 3.5 in. The tray catches the drips fine but the stream will arc out beyond.

SWMBO is thrilled that she can "just get a beer" now.


 
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Nice looking, might be picking up a Holiday on sale this weekend...

 
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #3
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A tower is impractical with a chest freezer but the front-side taps have issues. They are dangerously easy to knock open sliding something around on the top and I have small children who I've already threatened with death if they touch them. If anybody has some good handle lock solutions I'd like to hear them.
I'm building a collar for my Perlicks, delivered this afternoon, over the weekend and will be in the exact same situation. So, I'm interested in this as well. I know there are locks, but it looks to me like they're designed to work with standard faucets.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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Hey, I'm looking at buying this same freezer for my keezer (mostly because it's not much larger than a mini-fridge and it doesn't need the plastic shelves etc torn out). You mentioned that a tower is impractical, is this because of the rubber in the lid or because the lid opens to the rear? I was planning on just cutting a block in the rubber and using a wood square to support the weight of the tower. I was also thinking about adding casters and relocating or adding new hinges to the side so it opens the other way, preventing the tower from hitting the wall when opened.

Any suggestions you may have are welcome, because I'm probably going to get one this weekend as well.

 
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:33 PM   #5
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I still haven't built mine, but have been thinking a lot about it. What about a hinge mid-lid, so the whole top opens, or the front half of the top could be opened, sort of like a reach in iced cream freezer. Then there would need to be a stop to keep the half lid from hitting faucets, but there exists a curved channel guide type thing that I think could work for that. I haven't seen this done, but I think it could be pretty sweet.

 
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:09 PM   #6
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A tower is impractical with a chest freezer
I'd have to disagree with you on that one

Nice looking build
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:11 PM   #7
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I still haven't built mine, but have been thinking a lot about it. What about a hinge mid-lid, so the whole top opens, or the front half of the top could be opened, sort of like a reach in iced cream freezer. Then there would need to be a stop to keep the half lid from hitting faucets, but there exists a curved channel guide type thing that I think could work for that. I haven't seen this done, but I think it could be pretty sweet.
Pretty sure Brewpastor's setup has a half opening top. His was the inspiration for The Keezer.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:20 AM   #8
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You mentioned that a tower is impractical, is this because of the rubber in the lid or because the lid opens to the rear?
Only because it opens to the rear.

 
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:36 PM   #9
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Has anyone thought about flopping the lid so that it opens forward? You could still access thing from the side that way and wouldn't have to worry about it hitting the wall. I also wonder about a fridge big enough to hold 4-6 cornies that would fit under the counter but have front opening doors. I would like to do a built tower for my kitchen remodel.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #10
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Artbrau,

Any chance of a couple more pics of the interior of your Keezer?

Cheers!

 
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