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Old 02-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #51
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Stopped by HD at 6 a.m. this morning to get the materials for the top......... plywood, foam insulation, knotty pine boards, and fasteners to secure the top. This will get me underway, but I'll still need cement board and tumbled travertine....this thing is going to weight a ton! Hopefully I'll have a few hours today to work on the top before getting the kids off of the bus.

On the HD website, they have the 4" Inductor booster fans for $14. They are $27.98 in the store. The associate said that there must me a mistake on the website, but he gave two of them to me for $14 each! It's worth a shot at this price to see if they do the job cooling the coffin when complete. Now I need to get my hands on a 4" hole saw, without having to buy one. The 4" bimetal hole saws are $30 each + $12 for the mandrel. I'm gonna ask around to see if anyone has one. I only need the damn thing for 2 holes! Hopefully, I'll post pics later today with the progress. Wish me luck.

 
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:13 PM   #52
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I had a couple of hours today to get the plywood top cut, log backers on, and fasteners. I used 3 1/2" long 5/16" bolts, oversized washers and t-nuts to fasten the plywood to the top. A spade bit was used to countersink the t-nuts into the plywood, so that trim boards and cement board can be applied to the top and sit nice and flush to the surface. I have to rip down a few more logs for the horizontal cedar log trims across the front and sides. I only have one more log left that is long enough to span the width, so one screw up and I'm toast . I'll try to get some more done and post updates tonight, but gotta get the kids off of the bus.

This thing is turning into a frickin' beast!
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:46 PM   #53
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Well, the inevitable happened...... the only log that I had that was long enought to span the width of the top for the horizontal trim piece didn't work out so well. I ripped it down the center straight as an arrow and discovered that 1/2 of the interior of the log was punky and dried out. As I started to knife the bark off of the log, portions of the log started to disintegrate, so I scrapped it. I have no plans of going back down to my parents in the near future to get another log, so it's on to plan B. I have a long (8') 2" thick red cedar slab left over from when my buddy slabbed the log for my liquor shelf. I was going to make a big Cedar Hollow Brewing sign out of it and hang it by chains for my bar, but not anymore. I guess I am going to try my hand at ripping it down to a smaller width and then knifing it down into a log shape. What a royal PITA!

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:57 PM   #54
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Looks great, hop!

 
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:59 PM   #55
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Very impressive, you have given me a few ideas!

 
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:41 AM   #56
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Thanks Yukon and Butcher. I only got a little done on the keezer this weekend. I wanted to get coffin built and cooling fans installed, but my wife was a little irritated by the amount of time I have been spending on it. I spent several hours brewing a Two Hearted IPA clone yesterday, so I wasn't going to press my luck.

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Old 02-21-2011, 02:52 AM   #57
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A little progress was made on the keezer Friday night, but not as much as planned. I got the leftover cedar slab ripped to width, cut to size, and fastened across the front. I started knifing the piece into a log shape, but ran out of steam. I planned on working on it more over the weekend, but my wife had other ideas. I will finish trimming out the sides and then will get the coffin framed.

I wired the two 4" Inductor fans that I purchased from HD to an old extension cord to test them. I will be using them to cool the coffin once insulated. One will draw cold air into the coffin and the other will exhaust air back to the freezer. I have always heard that these in-lin duct booster fans were noisy, but these things are whisper quiet and at 80 cfm move quite a bit of air. I'm pleased with the purchase, especially since I got them for $14 each.

Here is a pic. of the cedar slab that I started to knife into a log shape. Still got a lot of work to do on it, but it's coming together.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:09 AM   #58
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Looking good

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Thanks! BTW....if you ever get another exceptional deal on 5 gallon cornies again, please let me know. I'm in the process of shopping around for my 3 or 4 tap system and need to get at least 4 kegs. Thanks again.!

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:51 PM   #60
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Trimmed out the rest of the top, finished knifing/shaping the front cedar trim log, and built the coffin box. Building shelves on either side of the coffin to dress it out tonight and tomorrow. A patient of mine had a complete set of industrial hole saws, so I'm also drilling the 4" holes through the bottom of the coffin and top of the freezer for the Inductor fans. I'll also drill the hole for the beer lines and the 3 holes in the front of the coffin for the tap shanks. I'll post more pics. later.
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