For my coffin Keezer I pretty much just borrowed from other people's designs, though I was most heavily inspired by Kingmatt's build
. Fully realizing that my woodworking skills are $#!t, I went for a more "rustic" look. The result is not as pretty as some of the others I've seen, but it suits me just fine. Here are some pics:
Framing the chest freezer
Trimming the frame
Staining the frame
Panelling the frame
Gluing down the bar top
Installing freezer internals: temp probe, CO2, gas line, kegs, and beer line.
Build frame for coffin box
Attach panels and taps
Bolt bar top to lid, drill air flow channels and hole for beer lines.
Install computer fans for air inflow/outflow.
Insulate coffin box.
Fit upper/lower bar assemblies together.
Test beer line/tap flow (by drinking many beers).
Install tap handles.
Stain and lacquer bar top. Drink beer!
Thanks to everyone here for the wealth of information. I've learned so much from your collective knowledge in my short time here.
One bit of advice I might add regarding the bar top: be careful when opening the Keezer lid if the chest freezer is empty! My bar top is relatively light compared to others I've seen (no tile, used as little wood as possible), but it is still very heavy, I got used to opening my lid to a full 90 degrees and leaving the hinges to bear the weight while I changed kegs or worked on the gas lines. Normally this is fine, but once I was an idiot and took all the kegs and CO2 out at once with the lid open, and predictably the whole chest freezer assembly toppled over from the weight of the open lid, nearly destroying my hard work. Needless to say, my next addition will be done kind of hinge support to hold the lid open at a little less than 90 degrees when I'm working with the kegs.