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Old 07-21-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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The bar is pretty small it fits 3 bar stools though... long story short I went to home depot buying some wood to build a "workbench"... well when I got home and had a few beers (I got to thinking, man it would be really cool if I had a bar down here!) So I quickly ditched the idea of building a "workbench" and went for a bar instead... I had leftover wood so I made a start on a top for my keezer... I have decided I am going to make (2) 2 tap towers one on each side... hence the divider in the middle... I am planning on doing some tile work and building a backsplash of some sort... this is my first build so I am sure I will have a bunch of questions once I buy all the supplies. Friday is payday haha I will ask a bunch then I am sure... Well, enjoy the pictures this is just the start... BTW I will be adding sides to the bar/painting it to make it look a little nicer..





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Old 07-21-2010, 09:57 PM   #2
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What's your plan for getting in and out of the keezer? I've been struggling with that for a while. I had a keezer with a tiled top attached to the lid. But it was a pita to get kegs in and out of the thing.


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haha yeah I was wondering the same thing... I will probably build another "bar" but custom fit the chest freezer underneath.. I will cover the front like I did the bar but leave the back open (where I will leave the front of the chest freezer facing for easy keg access). That way I wont have to worry about lifting a hevy lid, and I will just leave enough head space where it wont be an issue... I will probably drop the lines from my tower directly and wrap them in foam tubing to reduce sweat.
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Sweet man, who needs a workbench when you can hang out at your bar all day.

Where is the keezer going to be relative to the bar? I ask because maybe you could incorporate them both into one another and have more barspace?

Looks like you got the itch and decided to scratch! I like it! One word of advice, make sure you plan a little ahead of the game. I ran into a mishaps with my build (mostly not accounting for hardibacker dimensions and such), you'll have to either redo the work or modify it on the fly. Sometimes this can cause less than desireable results...
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thanks for the post kpr121.... I will be facing the taps section at the end of my bar making an "L" shape, which will have the end result of more bar space... That was my plan with connecting the two... if I want more room after that I will build another one on the other end and have a "U" shape (that would be ideal.)
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just ordered my 2 dual tap towers and a 4 way air manifold! mmmm cant wait!
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ok heres the update... I spent all last night making a solid base with planks across it for the chest freezer to sit on... Today I added legs to all 4 corners and attached the top... By the time that was done my battery died on my drill so I had to put it on the charger. While downstairs I heard the dog barking (it was the mailman dropping off my supplies) YAY! Both my dual tap towers and my manifold has arrived. All that I have left is hooking up all my lines and I am ready for drinking AT MY OWNNNNN BAR My only question now is can I drill 4 holes through the back on my chest freezer anywhere? The way I set it up is the chest freezer is facing backwards I am going to drop lines from the top of the bar and sneak them in through the back (all 4) so I dont have to drill through the lid allowing me to still open and close the lid from the back so I can easily disconnect kegs, and lift them in and out. I was worried though because while feeling around I felt some warm spots (I'm guessing heater coils etc.) Where is a safe bet that I can drill into the back without doing damage to anything? Posting pics of the progress I am headed down to snap pictures. BTW I moved the previous bar I built and connected the two together.
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new pics up... sorry its still somewhat of a mockup but I figured instead of trying to explain the current setup pictures would be much better!





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btw i will be adding a front so it will look a lot cleaner then its current look.
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I have a very similar chest freezer and I would not suggest drilling through the back. Go through the top and give yourself enough slack to open and close it. I have 13 feet of beer line for each tap as it is so I have plenty of slack regardless. I live at 5300 ft. elevation, but I will bet you will want more than the 5 ft those tap towers come with which will give you plenty slack to drill through the top. Just my 2cents....

I have two dual taps mounted directly on top of my chest freezer atm.



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