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Old 01-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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After browsing all of the keezer and bar builds on the site for the past year or so Iíve decided to pull the trigger and finally build one. My favorite so far is definitely Hoppopotomusís knotty pine keezer build http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/knot...-build-223902/. The look of the cedar is absolutely amazing and the live edge on his bar is super cool. I decided to blend the 2 together.

Originally the plan was to build a straight keezer with a live edge slab of cedar and cedar siding as well. I found an 8í slab for $250 on Craigslist that Iím going to book match to achieve the desired width. The slab is going to overhang the freezer by a few feet and I hate to ruin such a nice cut of cedar so I will be building a bar now with a space for the freezer to fit into. Scored a freezer off Craigslist for $50, it is 55.5Ē long x 27.5Ē deep and holds 9 kegs, a 20# CO2 tank, and room on the hump for bottles or a cask down the road for a beer engine. The slab will have hinges attached to the frame of the bar instead of using the freezer hinges. I figured it will be easier to move if we move out of our current house.

The draft towers are giving me the most trouble as far as design goes. I know what I want but I donít know how to build it yet. I would like to use 1í diameter cedar logs, maybe 2í tall as the draft towers. 2 towers with 4 taps each. Hollow them out somehow and run the lines through the inside of the log. Then attach the log to the top of the cedar slab. I canít figure out how to access the back of the shanks inside the log. It shouldnít be hard to attach them before securing the tower to the slab but what if I need access to them down the road for repairs, changing beer line, etc? My only ideas so far are building a trap door on the back of the tower but would like something more hidden. I thought about cutting the top like a pumpkin but not sure how I would make that cut. It would also need to seal so my cold air isnít escaping.

If anyone has a better idea Iím open to suggestions. Going to pick up the slab, siding and logs on Friday and want to have a more permanent design down by then. Iíll try and post pictures after work tonight as well.


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Old 01-23-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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Here's a few pictures of the cedar that I plan to use for the top slab and siding...


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Old 01-28-2013, 02:50 PM   #3
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I went out and bought supplies on Friday to build the tap tower, bar top and siding. I bought the book matched cedar slab for the top. Itís 8í4Ē (going to cut it down to 8í after attaching the slabs) 33Ē wide at the thinnest point and 47Ē wide at the widest point. The log is 20Ē tall and Iím hoping I can put all 8 taps on the one log. The cedar siding is book matched as well and should add a cool effect to the side of the bar. Still not sure about what Iím going to do for the lid of the tap tower. I considered a huge band saw box. That would be ideal but have 0 woodworking tools and donít want to spend $1k+ on a saw. Making a trip out next weekend to my uncleís who has a ton of woodworking tools. Hopefully he has some better ideas.
I spent most of the day Saturday chiseling off the bark and sapwood for the tap tower. I want that beautiful red heartwood to stand out. There has to be a better way to do this but Iím almost done with it either way. Here are a few pictures. I also included one of the inside of the freezer and a ghetto rigged tap tower to get me through this beast of a project.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:57 PM   #4
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$400 worth of wood
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:56 PM   #5
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Been busy doing work around the house and brewing on the weekends but had some time this weekend to work on the bar. Got a lot done on the tap tower. May not look like much but had to make due with a chainsaw, jigsaw, drill and orbital sander.

I used an orbital sander and 80 grit sand paper to smooth it out. Then sketched out where the taps would go on the tower to make sure that they would fit. In order to fit all 8 taps on the face of the log I needed to put 2 taps above the others. It actually turned out pretty cool. I’ll probably reserve those taps for imperial stouts or sours.

Next, I leveled out the bottom with the chainsaw and cut about 1Ĺ inches off the top of the log for a lid. Then I started drilling down the center of the log to hollow out enough space to fit the shanks in. Used the jigsaw to clean it up a bit but it still needs some work.
The lid of the tap tower lid will swing open on a pivot made with a wooden dowel.

This week I hope to sand it up real nice and seal it with Arm-R-Seal oil and urethane topcoat.

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man this is going to be awesome. can't wait to see the final product. nice job
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Wow looks like alot of work, tower is looking sweet can't wait to see it when its finished! Keep up the good work!


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