@ george: Thanks! I'm not sure what model of freezer I have. It's an oldie that was left in the house by the previous owners. I looked for a model # but it must have been on a sticker that was removed during the conversion to keezer.
@ perciles: hope to see you at our next meeting. March 3 at Flip & Baileys.
@ wildwest: I first tried using a dual-threaded screw but that's more for homemade wooden handles. A couple of friends had to help me realize the easy and obvious solution of simply using washers and bolts!!