Well, I've got all 8 taps flowing now. Two CO2 manifolds are mounted under the lid. I've got the coffin insulated and the fan circulating air through. It seems to keep the beer lines fairly cool.
I went with the gas lift-assist springs. Can't beat $25 for a pair: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details
They work great! I hardly need any force to lift the lid and more importantly they act as a stop so that the lid does not go too far over. Sure beats the decapitation stick I was using for a while.
Hopefully I'll have some more time soon the finish the curved legs and veneer the panels soon.