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Old 06-25-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
May 2012
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I'm building an L shaped bar in my basement now and want to have a 7.0cf chest freezer in one end. I'd like to have a tower come out of the bar but I'm not certain how I'm going to do this?

My troubles are I'll obviously need to be able to slide the chest freezer out from under the bar(I think some caster wheels on the bottom will accomplish this) What will I used to connect the opening in the lid of the chest freezer to the bottom of the tower that is connected to the countertop? I'd rather not mess with the bar top and try and hinge that to swing up so you can open the chest freezer lid.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Off the top of my head, as I have never pondered this before...mount the tower to the countertop and then use some PVC pipe and weatherstrip to take care of the gap between the top of the chest freezer and bottom of the counter. A bit complicated because you have to deal with getting the weatherstrip a good seal and the beer lines room so you don't pinch them. I can think of a few ways to do this, perhaps the most elegant is to insert pvc pipe into the tap tower and have the bottom attach to the chest freezer with a flange. Then set it up so that you twist lock it into place with some screws/bolts going into the flange...some angled shims added onto the top of the flange around the twist lock holes would help build good pressure against a weatherstrip o-ring. Then, add some screws to the bottom of the counter so you can unlock the tower/pvc pipe assembly pull it up and lock it back in place to the bottom of the counter temporarily while you roll out the chest freezer and provide clearance for the beer lines.

Just remember to make your beer lines long enough to handle the freezer rolling out. You may have some issues getting the beer lines to go back into the chest freezer when you roll it back under the counter though, especially if you have no room for your arm to get into that gap. Perhaps you could use some of the hose line weights on the beer line that they use on the extendable sink sprayers to get the line to drop back under the sink easily.

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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If it were me I would incorporate a countertop covering on the lid of the freezer. Install the tower on the lid with allowance behind it for opening the lid. All that moving the freezer in and out from under a counter and the extra plumbing to allow the movement would become a PITA to me.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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I'm getting ready to build a similiar bar build. There is a thread where someone incorporated slides so the could move the keezer out just a foot or so to allow for the lid to open.

I plan on going this route. I'm curious to see what other options there are though.
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