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Old 04-02-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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I originally began a thread based on the notion that I would be building a keezer. SWMBO asked why I wasn't just building a bar with the keezer built in. That's a great idea says I, hence this new thread. I'll plug in a few pics of how I started and where I am to date (not yet finished).

The bar itself is inspired by Cruelkix's bar and Jester369's keezer. Thanks guys for the ideas.

I am using Google Sketchup for the design work. It is easy to learn and provides a quick source of dimensional information if you have a laptop handy.

You will note that I elected to locate the CO2 tank and gauges outside of the keezer on a small side shelf (another idea found on this forum).

Pocket screws are used on the lower back member to allow for removal of the freezer in the future if necessary.

Stay tuned for how I incorporate the coffin. I am leaving the coffin as the last framing element since it is easier to square and true everything up and then add the coffin structure.

Dave.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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Looks familiar....

Good job, I'm anxious for future posts.

 
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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going to watch this....looking good

 
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the positive comments. More progress photos...

The main framing is finished. At some point there will be a big debate about materials for the top. Our home is fitted out with ebony stained oak, so the plan is to clad the framing with...you guessed it...very dark stained oak. Some nice LED lighting will work very nicely to accent.

The storage areas below on the non-keezer side are for glasses, shelving and a wine rack. And, since the compressor shelf is free, the missus gets to have wine chilling. (Small price to pay)

I should have time tomorrow to upload some staged pics of the most important part. I should be able to show some detail on how I plan to keep the coffin cooled. (This is where Jester369's influence comes into play)

~Dave
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:26 AM   #5
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Good job so far. I hope to make my own someday soon

 
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:30 AM   #6
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That's looking sweet!
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:30 AM   #7
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Nice work! It's going to look great once complete!

Be proud!

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:33 AM   #8
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Looking sharp. I built my bar a few years ago now and wish I would have had the foresight to think about the day the freezer is going to die. Gonna be a bit of fun ripping it apart to get at mine.

Knock on wood that won't be for a bit longer!

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:08 AM   #9
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I started on the coffin part of the bar; pictures below.

So, the main idea behind cooling the coffin is to use a fan to create a negative pressure on one side of the coffin box by blowing air from the box down into the freezer. The low pressure on the fan side of the coffin will pull air across a channel (constructed out of insulation foam) and up through another hole on the other side of the coffin (the pics will make things clearer). The beer lines will be fed up and routed through the high pressure side of the coffin thereby, in theory, cooling the lines and the exposed shanks as the air flows across and back down into the freezer.

I was going to use some flexible dryer duct hose to pull cold air from the bottom but on testing the setup tonight, I get plenty of cold air blasting up through the high pressure side.

It was a bugger cutting the holes through the sub-top down through the freezer lid but they turned out ok. My fan is a 120mm Antec computer fan with 3-speeds. 4 inch, Schedule 40 PVC pipe is the perfect size for this fan.

The pink foam is rough cut at the moment. I will go back behind, seal all the inside joints and cover surfaces with silver ductwork tape just to add another layer of help in keeping the cold in and the hot out.

Tomorrow night, I'll make the top of the coffin, cut the shank holes and start work on a removable back cover.

~Dave
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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Looks Great, I can't wait to see the finished product.
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