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Old 07-05-2011, 10:31 PM   #1
Dec 2010
Arvada, CO
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Hi everyone,

I've been working on this project for about 6 months now and I've been itching to show it off, but I decided to wait until it was done. Well, it's done! Here's my kegerator/keezer:

To access the taps, open the small cabinet doors on the tower and you'll see this:

The black panels on the inside of the doors have chalkboard paint on them, for a menu. The doors are there not just for aesthetics, but to keep my two cats from "accidentally" opening the taps. I think it adds a nice touch to the thing, though. It does limit what I can use as tap handles, but I like the simple black handles.

I owe a lot of inspiration to several of you on this forum. I spent some good, long evenings reading hundreds of threads here, soaking up info as I designed this. Thank you for all the ideas!! I'll add some under-the-hood pics and technical info next.

So, what do you think?

Reason: Updated first pic with a better one.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
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Goddamn cats!! I wait for the day that do that to me...

and WOW! Very nice!

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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Holy cow that's awesome! I love that design.

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
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That's a mighty fine looking scratching post you got there!

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:10 PM   #5
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The wood (the wood that shows, anyways) is all red oak stained with Cherrywood gel stain from Minwax. The tiles, including the backsplash, are porcelain and have a nice texture to them. I originally wanted to go with natural stone, but it would have been much heavier and MUCH more expensive.

The freezer is the 7 cubic foot GE from Home Depot and sits on a 2x6 dolly with casters. The freezer *just* fits 4 corny ball lock kegs on the floor (though only 3 are in the pics) plus the CO2 tank on the bump. Its controlled by a Love Controls device, visible behind the tap handles. Here's a pic of the inside of the freezer with the tubing, regulators, etc.

The lid is really heavy, so when it was all assembled, I decided I needed a safe way to keep the lid open, ensuring that the whole thing wouldn't fall backwards (it very nearly did, twice) or fall closed on me. I got two lift-assist gas springs, one for either side. Now the top is easy to open and will not open too far. They were custom made by Lift Support Technologies in Canada ( and were pretty affordable considering (about $150 total, delivered).

The only catch with the gas springs is that they were so strong that they were able to lift the freezer straight up in the back and tipped it forward. It would only do this with the freezer empty, and solving this problem was pretty easy. I attached small chains from the freezer hinges to the base that the freezer sits on. Here's a pic of the back of the unit:

More to come. If you have any questions about the build, let me know!

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
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Looks great! Well done!

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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Thats Awesome!!

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Old 07-06-2011, 12:45 AM   #8
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Very nice! Love the doors, and the LOVE position.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:00 AM   #9
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Wow! Amazing job!
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:39 AM   #10
Feb 2011
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Wow to the 10th power! Nicely done, indeed!!!

I'm assuming the condenser coil for the freezer is beneath the outer metal skin of the unit. Since you've enclosed 3 sides, is the airspace between the wood and the unit enough or did you have to add a small fan somewhere to push the warm air away?

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