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Old 03-09-2012, 05:19 AM   #1
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I have been building my 8-tap keezer thanks to the wealth of information on this site. You guys rock!

The dark wood is walnut and the light wood is fiddleback anigre veneer I'll be putting on plywood. The bar top is granite with a travertine backsplash.

There will be 2" gaps around the freezer with "silent" computer fans moving the air.

So far I've got the base built, most of the bar top, and am starting on the coffin and veneering.

More as the build progresses.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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The lid weighs a ton and I want some kind of lift assist.
With the curved sides, the gap between the side and freezer narrows to only about 1.25" in the middle limiting springs or actuators. I am considering using gas lift springs designed for truck covers - $25 for a pair rated at 100 lbs and I can mount them horizontally. Any thoughts here?

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:45 AM   #3
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Before I settled on heavy duty drawer glides for my keezer, I toyed around with using gas lift from a celica hatchback. It worked during my test runs but that was before I put tiles on.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:51 AM   #4
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BTW, I love the two-tone design and the curved sides. :thumbsup:
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:33 AM   #5
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This is awesome. Subscribing!

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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Very nice!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #7
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Beautiful job! The curved sides are cool as hell and the choice of wood species is amazing. Very, very nice work sir! My suggestion would be linear actuators, but like you mentioned, with the curved sides it may not leave enough room. The top on mine weighs a ton as well, because it has a coffin, flanking shelves, cedar logs, and tumbled travertine on the top and backsplash. I have plenty of room for actuators, but if I spend any more on brewing projects at the moment, my wife is going to kill me.

 
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #8
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Thanks, the wife gave me the go ahead as long is it matches the style of most of the rest of the furniture I've built in the house - two tone woods and graceful curves. I wanted it to appear lighter than it is.

I wonder if a linear actuator internally mounted would do the job. Maybe set up on the compressor hump?

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:25 AM   #9
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Good design! Looking forward to the progress photos!

 
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:30 AM   #10
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Okay, the kids were over their sickness this weekend so I got some time to work on this.

I've got the top about ready to put on the freezer. The veneered sides are on, the top is on - from a real great marbled walnut board. I just need to get the foam cut and the taps installed. (And see if I can sneakily order the three extra taps and shanks I need that I don't have).

I'm still mulling over linear actuator vs. gas spring assists.

I won't have as much time to build coming up since I am building our club's booth for the Seattle NHC. We've got an awesome theme planned! The dry run is in a month though and I haven't started it yet.
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