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Old 01-06-2012, 06:01 AM   #1
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I didn't document the build step by step but I think the final results are worth sharing.

I based the build on various plans and ideas found everywhere on the net and added a little of them all into my own adaptation.

I started with the dimensions required to contain the 6.5 gallon Mini-Brew I received for Christmas. This ended up being 14" x 18" x 42" inside dimensions.

Next I aquired a $10 mini fridge and gutted it's AC components.

I then cut 4 sheets of 26ga galvanized metal 18" x 46" and 4 sheets 22" x 46" and turned 2" inches on all the sides to form 8 - 2" deep pans. These were to be the 3 sides and door. I made the top and bottom the same way.

4 of the pans were formed slightly smaller than the other 4 so that 2" styrofoam insulation could be placed in one and covered by another forming an insulated panel. The top and bottom, again, were done the same way.

I assembled them overlapping and held them together with 3" decking screws from the outside. All the overlaps and seams were caulked.

Prior to fitting the top, I cut the mini fridge components into the back panel and finished it off with a couple of tool box type closures on the door and a temp controller that I had made previously.

So far it's working flawlessly.

I am a metal worker by trade and got the metal for free, the fridge for $10 bucks and my previously built $30 dollar temp controller. All the hardware I had stored from who knows how many years (pop rivets, hinges, closures etc).

So all in all it cost me about $40 bucks to build.

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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Lovely work, good sir.


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Old 01-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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flippin' awesome!

maybe add a fan to circulate the coolness, but with it mounted high, probably not required.
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Wow man... you have some ridiculously good metal skills.
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Man, I wish I had your metalworking tools (and skills). That looks great!
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Daaaang. That's overkill compared to my big pink box.

I like overkill.

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This looks great man. Who is jealous? (THIS GUY)
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I love all these DIY posts that finish with "oh yeah, I'm a metal worker by trade".

That is pretty awesome! The raw metal makes it look bad ass!
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Very nice!

Making DIY look manufactured, always gives me a chubbby!!
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Thanks everyone for the kudos but I'm afraid it's much easier than it looks. The only limiting factor is the metal bending brake used to turn the edges.

I have included a dimensional drawing for the build. I drew this from memory so check the dimensions if you ue it just in case.



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