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Old 02-10-2011, 12:08 AM   #21
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I like the vent..
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:40 AM   #22
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Thanks starrfish....I was really starting to think that everone was going to respond with a big ole " I hate it". I'm on the fence but my wife likes it, so I am leaning towards keeping it. Mainly due to the fact that I used finish nails and liquid nails, so it's going to be a b*tch to get the knotty pine back off. I'm going to get started on the top and the log trims on Sunday and then I'll see how it looks. At that point if it looks a little out of place, then I may go through the effort of removing it. I honestly think that it won't look nearly as out of place once I have the SS components incorporated, but we'll see.

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Old 02-10-2011, 02:36 AM   #23
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I honestly think that it won't look nearly as out of place once I have the SS components incorporated, but we'll see.
That's what I was thinking too. Once you get all the stuff on top decked out the way you want it, with all the taps and drip tray and stuff, it's probably not even going to be that noticeable or take away from anything.

 
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:43 AM   #24
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Looks Good, after your done you can help me build one.... If you like the vent then leave it and like you said it will match the rest of fixtures.

 
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:24 PM   #25
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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I'll see after I start attaching log trims and building the top. Removing it is not out of the question, but for now I'll keep it. It doesn't look all that different than a side mounted drip tray on a collar keezer that has the faucets coming out of the side of the collar. Thanks for the response and feedback.

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:29 PM   #26
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When I'm done, I'm wanting to move on to the single tier all grain system. Already have three 15.5 gallon SS kegs and the steel, now just need the time and components. Oh yeah... somewhere along the way I need to get the drop ceiling and carpeting installed in the rest of the basement. My wife really didn't want me to start this keezer project until the ENTIRE basement was done, but I guess we just have different priorities. If I start the brewing rig before the basement is completed, she's really going to get pi$$ed!

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Old 02-11-2011, 02:10 AM   #27
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Hey pottomas,
What casters did you use for the build? The only thing I would be careful about would be to make sure they don't leave black marks if you need to roll this thing around. A guy that I met had one in his basement and his black casters made some really bad marks on the floor when it was loaded with 3-4 kegs and a couple cases of bottles.

I'm VERY glad to see you kept with the theme of your bar! A big white freezer would look out of place. I don't know how I feel about the vent on the front. It looks to me like a wooden diffuser would look better than the metal one, but that's just my opinion and I don't know much.
GREAT build, and you absolutely have some wood shop skillz!!!
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:30 AM   #28
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Interested in casters too. Was thinking about replacing feet on danby mini fridge. rolling would be so much easier than sliding/picking up to get it to back mini deck for bbqs with friends in summer.

Again, with the vents Once the chrome tower and taps are on there.... it will tie in nice... sink behind bar is stainless too (see his build pics) need a little tie in so what little steel/chrome doesn't stand out too much. I have a 1940's chrome stand ashtray I use for cigars that has a small table around it for cocktails that came from a philly hotel lobby. I Had it in an all wood paneled man room/office with chrome drawer pulls, door knobs, and hinges when I was a married man. Tied the wood & chrome together nicely! I even did window latches bright shiny. any metal was that way, brushed or chrome. brought it all together... I went as far as to replace the trim rivets on a couch with nickel finish ones... I wish I still had pics.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:02 PM   #29
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Gridlocked/Starrfish,

I got the casters at HD. They had 2 different selections....one was a hard plastic and one was called soft rubber. At the advise of the HD worker in that department, I spent a couple of extra bucks each on the soft rubber ones. Eventhough the soft rubber casters feel hard to the touch, when they are loaded with significant weight they actually compress and increase the surface area of the wheel on the floor, which increases friction and prevents sliding of the caster on the floor surface. The hard plastic ones do not compress, which means less surface area in contact with the floor surface and poorer "traction" so to speak. They tend to be more prone to sliding and leaving black marks on the floor. Since this thing is going on the slate floor, which is inherently an uneven surface, I'm hoping the rubber ones work better. I think they were the 2" and rated for 175lbs. each, but I'll have to double check. They were around $4 each, so pretty reasonable I think.

Maybe I should carefully climb inside of the freezer and have my wife push it around on the smooth concrete to see if it make any marks on the floor. I may try it to test the theory out.

I looked at the wooded diffusers at HD, but couldn't find pine (just Maple and Oak) and they were $20 each. This one was only $11.95, so that's why I went with it. Swapping it out is still not out of the question, but I'll wait until the end to see what it looks like with the other SS components.

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What casters did you use for the build? The only thing I would be careful about would be to make sure they don't leave black marks if you need to roll this thing around. A guy that I met had one in his basement and his black casters made some really bad marks on the floor when it was loaded with 3-4 kegs and a couple cases of bottles.

I'm VERY glad to see you kept with the theme of your bar! A big white freezer would look out of place. I don't know how I feel about the vent on the front. It looks to me like a wooden diffuser would look better than the metal one, but that's just my opinion and I don't know much.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:12 PM   #30
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Right on! Looks like you've done your homework. Yeah, I hear you about those wood diffusers being silly expensive. You should just make one! You've clearly got the skillz and a pile of scraps...

*Edit* I hope your family feels better! Our family was sick for a month, and it was terrible. A week and a half later, I started feeling the crud again, one of mine has a cough and the other spiked a fever again last night. This SUCKS!
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