Irish Coffin Box - Portable - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Kegerators & Keezers > Irish Coffin Box - Portable

Thread Tools
Old 12-19-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
mrbowenz's Avatar
Dec 2007
Posts: 521
Liked 20 Times on 13 Posts

I have been doing a fair amount of beer festivals lately and needed a tap box to serve from. In the past I was simply using a cobra style dispenser and often filling pitchers from the keg. I also wanted to have a bit more class, as I am often serving alongside professional brewers who have nice looking boxes in which to serve. My requirements included at least 4 taps, portable, light weight and something that had my name/ brand on it.

I drew up some dimensions and came up with this Irish Coffin Box, here some pictures of the quick and easy build:

I started with some 3/8" "Birch plywood"

To cover the ugly ends of the plywood, I used some iron-on banding , also made of birch

trimming off the excess with a razor blade:

In the theme of keeping this box light, I used some simple pressure treated frame pieces:

Here's a shot of the corner bracing, glued and nailed for strength:

Then I added some molding to the top collar and footings here:

Pretty plain still , I added from fancier molding to add more depth and character:

Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 02:49 PM   #2
mrbowenz's Avatar
Dec 2007
Posts: 521
Liked 20 Times on 13 Posts

Now for a finish, to set the birch apart from the molding , I first tapped off the surface:

A finish I like is called "french polishing" , which is several layers of 3lb shellac cut with denatured alcohol and using a figure eight pattern, it adds depth and clarity to any natural grain patterns. It's a very old style technique for finishing furniture.

To highlight the wood, I painted the molding black:

I added my brewery name from some cut-out letters obtained at a craft store, these are cheap and time saving:

French Polish by itself isn't really waterproof, but adds a great under-finish, I then coated the whole box with PolyU, spilling beer on this box is a given, the poly adds much protection to the project:

Lastly, I added my four taps and finished the box:

Got to use it this past weekend and it worked very well , light , strong and decent looking.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #3
dale1038's Avatar
Sep 2008
Louisville, KY
Posts: 428
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts

Ummmm? Awesome!

Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #4
tjcavitt's Avatar
Jul 2010
Frisco, Texas
Posts: 301
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 03:28 PM   #5
Nov 2010
Rockwall, TX
Posts: 218
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 03:31 PM   #6
Sep 2010
Monticello, Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 525
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

wow man, that is so awesome. Would you care to share the plans? I am building a bar, and want to do something like this for my taps.

Excessive Hoppyness Brewing
Tap 1: Falling Leaf Oktoberfest Ale
Tap 2:Kickback Chcoclate Stout
Kegged:Cold Night Winter Warmer
Primary 1: American Amber Ale
Primary 2: American Amber Ale
Primary 3:
Coming up:
Bottled:nothing :(

Excessive Hoppyness Brew Pub
Beer Reviews, and Brewery Updates! <----NEW REVIEWS ADDED!

Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 09:06 PM   #7
Jan 2010
Posts: 121
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

great craftsmanship. Getting ready to construct a coffin myself; I'll use this post as a great resource.
On tap: Oktoberfest, Centennial Blonde, AHS American Amber, AHS Bavarian Hefeweizen
Primary/Secondary: Maibock
On deck: American Wheat

Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 09:37 PM   #8
Apr 2010
Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 175
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

how about putting a cooler inside so it can act like a jockey box.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #9
Jun 2007
Hoplanta, Georgia
Posts: 742
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Originally Posted by JewBrew View Post
how about putting a cooler inside so it can act like a jockey box.
Or install some insulation on the inside, then fiberglass over it to essentially make it a cooler. that would be the classiest jockey box ive ever seen.
Jaded Spirits Brewery
Primary: Dennis Hoppier III
Secondary: Empty
Bottles: Triple Berry Apple Cider, Cote Apple Cider, Wild Blackberry Apple Cider, Dim Wit II, Mighty Porter
Kegs: 4Cs IPA - The Diamond Standard, Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Clone.
On Deck: The "Three Stouts", Wild Blackberry Mead, Irish Red

Jaded Spirits DIY Stirplate
Blog @
Blog @ HBT

Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 06:52 PM   #10
Jester369's Avatar
Jan 2007
Posts: 1,829
Liked 218 Times on 142 Posts

Looks very nice!
The 'Original' Keezer!

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Portable CO2 olllllo Kegerators & Keezers 6 12-10-2010 04:18 PM
Keezer coffin questions skibumdc Kegerators & Keezers 1 11-10-2010 03:22 PM
My New Fermentation coffin!! steveo929 Fermenters 9 05-21-2010 07:08 AM
Coffin builds (irish coffins, wooden towers) kegtoe Kegerators & Keezers 10 12-21-2009 02:49 PM
Irish Coffin Builders Dwain Kegerators & Keezers 0 07-31-2009 06:06 PM

Forum Jump