Except for actually serving beer from it anyway, I'm done. Since pictures are worth lots of words...
The collar after painting but before the poly finish had been applied
The rolled aluminum flashing I cut and bent to cover the insulation and give the interior a more finished look.
The Dow sheet insulation (R-4) which I double layered inside the wood collar.
The collar after the poly finish coats had been applied with the insulation loosely installed.
The collar after flashing had been screwed into the wood and insulation and covered with aluminum tape. The shanks and gas manifold are installed as well and though it is hard to see I've added weather stripping around the bottom edge.
I bought OEM hinges from Sears which were easy peasy to install. I really like the dual hinged design, especially when you drop something into the keezer so that opening both tops makes retrieving it much easier.
With the top open. I managed to do a bit of rewiring so that the light still works, at least when the temp controller is set to ON.
With the top and collar open.
With faucets and chrome tap handles installed. Painting is clearly not my thing as the collar didn't come out looking nearly as nice as the kitchen island on whose color and finish it was based. It looks presentable to me but if Ms. Beernutz doesn't like it she can be in charge of the do-over. The new Johnson Controls A419 temp controller is on top of the box to the right as I haven't mounted it to the collar yet.
With the very nice magnetic beer labels that Shawn Mason made for me (www.masondesigns.net/taps
). There are a 15 various labels in his starter set plus I special ordered the Spice one for my wife's Christmas beer. Shawn contacted me right after my order in order to provide custom service and per my request he made all 16 labels with a white background plus he kept me updated at every step on the way. I think they look great.
With both gas and liquid lines connected. I'll be adding a 120mm CPU fan for recirculation as soon as it gets here.
Same view from other side. I'm going to leave the CO2 in the keezer for now.