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Old 01-30-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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Here it is, the finished product.




When I joined a few months ago I was researching info on building a keezer. I found tons on great info and a lot on inspiration. I wanted to start with a new chest freezer. Particularly the Kenmore 8.8 in black. The price tag of the freezer new was holding me up at first but a few weeks ago they went on sale for 35% off. Combining that with my grandmothers 10% retired sears employee discount and an extra 5% off for using my sears card, I got the thing for 45% off .

Here it is in its new home


I ordered all the parts and they have been slowly arriving for the past week and in the mean time I picked up the collar building materials from Home Depot. I am starting with 2 taps and will add 4 more as I can afford them.





Here are some shots of the inside of the freezer.




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Old 01-30-2011, 07:04 PM   #2
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I started construction yesterday. The collar is Red Oak. I made the miter cuts and laid it out to get a feel for hardware placement.




I used glue, brads and brackets at all four joints.



I made a template on graph paper for the tap positions and transferred the the center marks onto the collar. This spacing will allow for a 19" drip tray to fit nicely underneath. I also measured for the Love controller and the outlet that will be on the back.






 
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:05 PM   #3
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Next I mounted the boxes and made the hole where the wire for the main power will come through. I found this nice rubber grommet sitting in a pile of miscellaneous stuff on my work bench.





Here it is just resting on top with all the hardware installed. I will be wiring it all up tomorrow. The last few components should be here soon. I forgot to get 5/16 swivel nuts for the gas disconnects on my first order and sears shipped the two hinges separately. I will be staining it a dark mahogany (I think, we'll see how it looks on the scrap).

 
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:13 PM   #4
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Looking good. Something to take pride in.

 
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #5
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Looks great! I have this same freezer, but am stuck with picnic taps for now. This gives me something to look forward too.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Here it is just resting on top with all the hardware installed. I will be wiring it all up tomorrow. The last few components should be here soon. I forgot to get 5/16 swivel nuts for the gas disconnects on my first order and sears shipped the two hinges separately. I will be staining it a dark mahogany (I think, we'll see how it looks on the scrap).
Love this, is the handle for users that may need help with balance after a long night of partaking?



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Old 01-31-2011, 02:02 AM   #7
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Thanks for the kind words guys.

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Love this, is the handle for users that may need help with balance after a long night of partaking?



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Hahaha, I put the handle on for ease of lifting the collar and lid. Both will be hinged separately so I didn't want to be lifting the weight from the taps.

 
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:25 AM   #8
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Im jealous.

Good for you though dude. one i day i dream of have 4 different kegs at once. but for now, all i got is my one. cheers!
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:32 AM   #9
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Looks very nice!
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:53 PM   #10
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Wiring Time!

I bought a 15' outdoor extension cord to use for all my wiring.

Here I have the strands separated and the Hot lead spliced for constant power to the controller and the feed for the switched power. In the spirit of neatness I have designated the ground in this section to be the switched hot out of the controller. I made sure to clearly identify both ends with red shrink tube.



Here is the controller wiring hooked up.


The wires from the controller and the wall will meet in the outlet box on the back of the collar.


Here you see the wires mocked up for measurement and test fit.



Once I mocked it all up, I drilled the holes in the boxes and ran all the wires to see how it all works together. You can see the temp probe wired up as well.


Now that all the holes are drilled and wires are ran its time to dismantle it all for staining. I will measure and cut the insulation once all the hardware is reinstalled.



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