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Old 07-16-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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So I have my black chest freezer and I have just finished building the collar with some nice looking oak. I cannot decide if i want to stain it or just keep the natural beauty of the oak. What do y'all think? Also, I am so excited to get this running that I wonder if I can go ahead and attach the collar and get running and then just stain and seal later when I make up my mind--is this a viable option or it will be too much of a pain in the ass?

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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I would worry about not finishing it all and being issues with water damage. I recently did an oak tap handle and just used some tung oil varnish and it was more golden oak than I wanted. It was a red oak log, but in retrospect I would've liked to have stained it. Maybe use a lighter brown stain like English chestnut and it will still preserve the nice grain. But it's all preference. I would recommend using some sort of finish to protect the wood long term.

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:23 AM   #3
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I would worry about not finishing it all and being issues with water damage.
I concur. Even if you don't stain it, you'll want to seal it. It will be much easier to do it now than it will be after it's mounted and the hardware is in place.

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:21 AM   #4
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When I make mine, thinking about using particle board and then covering the surfaces with formica.

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:10 AM   #5
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Hopefully my pic worked. I definitely liked the way the stain came out.

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If you don't stain, I agree that you needed to seal the wood. Actually you need to seal either way...

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #6
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thanks. I am going to go with the Minwax Polyshades Bombay Mahogany stain and poly in one. I looked at a bunch of images of it on oak and I think it looks pretty great, especially against the black keezer. Plus looks like you can still see the grain. and I will stain before gluing.

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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Hopefully my pic worked. I definitely liked the way the stain came out.

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If you don't stain, I agree that you needed to seal the wood. Actually you need to seal either way...
nice build. I have a few questions: 1) are those drip trays just sheetrock mud trays? 2) how did you attach the driptrays? 3) is that just an already built moving dolly that you placed it on, or did you build that thing and fasten it to the freezer?

 
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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thanks. I am going to go with the Minwax Polyshades Bombay Mahogany stain and poly in one. I looked at a bunch of images of it on oak and I think it looks pretty great, especially against the black keezer. Plus looks like you can still see the grain. and I will stain before gluing.
That's one of my favorite stains. It's great for small projects, not good at all for large projects (like floors). I made that mistake.
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nice build. I have a few questions: 1) are those drip trays just sheetrock mud trays? 2) how did you attach the driptrays? 3) is that just an already built moving dolly that you placed it on, or did you build that thing and fasten it to the freezer?
1) Yes...

2) Attached using HDD magnets. They hold pretty securely, but are still removable enough to pull them off and clean them out on a regular basis.

3) Built from scratch. I didn't actually fasten it to the freezer. The weight of everything is MORE than sufficient to hold it in place via just friction when I move it out to the backyard for parties. That said, one thing I'd like to do is to add a stained red oak skirt at the bottom to hide the pine, that will match the upper collar but likely be a 4" or 6" width piece instead of the ~10" piece on the upper collar.

 
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:01 AM   #10
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Try to get outdoor use polyurethane. It stands up better to the colder, wet environment. Also, I was advised to put at least 5 coats. It took some time to finish but came out nice.

 
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