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    Keezer Build Thread

    After getting sidetracked with classes and moving, finally getting around to converting/building my keezer. I bought a 7.2 cu.ft chest freezer off CL in early October and then three corny kegs.

    As of tonight, the build has begun with the assistance of VDubVirus.
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    Ended up going with oak for the collar after finding some pretty nice boards at Home Depot. Cut the boards today with help of Arron's family, and then began the process of trying to glue the collar together. This is a process, especially if you first get some weak-ass jigs from Harbor Freight.


    These were said weak jigs. No bueno.


    Drilled the front plate for four taps


    Mocking up how the front plate will look when completed:


    Ended up getting a strapping clamp with corner attachments. I'm very impressed with this new addition to the collection of tools


    Just have to wait for the glue to set/dry/bond, then on to a little bit of sanding, and then staining.
    Last edited by bingthejew; 2013.11.30 at 20:03 PM.
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    I had to look up keezer


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    ^^ those are super nice faucets. Made by Perlick.

    I have the same bottle opener that says "Home Brewed"
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    VDubVirus' keezer. I just went a little smaller in size. More pictures to follow in the morning
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    First coat of stain, not dark enough



    Second coat of stain, more similar to the Dark Walnut look



    The lid popped off! Now starts the linking of the collar and lid


    Insulating of the lid


    Cut channels for the tap shanks and beer lines
    Last edited by bingthejew; 2013.12.03 at 15:33 PM.
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    More insulation in the lid


    Nearly done insulating the lid


    Took a short beer break


    Interior of lid with one tap shank temp-installed


    Exterior of lid with beer tap temp-installed (mockup). Set the entire lid on the dinning table in order for the glue to set overnight. I had to do this as outside temp was right around 33 degrees, and my wife wants the keezer done soon


    The front of the lid will get Bondo work to cover the holes left by the freezer handle. After that, all of the white exterior of the keezer will be covered in chalkboard paint. I figured this was an easy way of showing what is on tap (lid) and having a writing surface on the front, for say a list of items desired for the house.
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    More updates:

    Got an awesome Hanukkah present from my dad: a brand new, full 20lb CO2 bottle.



    Figured it was time to start painting the keezer. This is the first coat of chalkboard paint that I applied with a brush. Looks terrible, but provides a better contact surface for second coat


    Second coat of chalkboard paint applied with a roller. Much better in all aspects


    Onto finishing the lid. Took the lid seal and applied Liquid Nails along it and gently slapped it to the collar. Had some assistance from my wife, who quickly cleaned up adhesive that leaked out from under the seal.


    Had these three holes in the front leftover from removing the handle. VDubVirus said to bondo the holes and then sand them. Well, I don't really have the patience for bondo. Guess I'll have the patience for sanding...


    The lid drying for the night. Its about 85-90% done. Still have to sand the bondo, reattach the lid with collar, and paint the lid


    Huge props and thanks go to VDubVirus for hooking up my temp controller while I went and had minor surgery.


    Project should be completely finished Saturday night (with paint drying). According to Household 6, it has to be done Saturday...

    All that's left from this point:
    1. To sand the bondo smooth
    2. Reattach lid and collar combo to keezer bottom
    3. Run beer and CO2 lines, hook up CO2 bottle
    4. Attach temp controller and dial it in
    5. Hook up keg of CDA
    6. Paint lid
    7. Chill and drink beer
    Last edited by bingthejew; 2013.12.06 at 21:58 PM.
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    Count me in for #7.

    what exactly is Household 6? Wife's new callsign?
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    Quote: Originally Posted by VDubVirus View Post
    Count me in for #7.

    what exactly is Household 6? Wife's new callsign?
    Her oldest callsign a friend of ours gave her. She likes that one better than her current callsign.
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    Hmm... I guess that's fair.
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    Looking great! I can't wait to do one of these. What is that that you used for insulation on the lid?

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    Some more progress:
    Transporting 4 gallons home. Apparently, being a "good parent"


    Put the lid back on the keezer. Realized the front needed a bit more bondo work...


    Installed the bottle opener while watching the bondo dry


    The lid works properly



    First coat of chalkboard paint on the lid


    Second coat of chalkboard paint
    Last edited by bingthejew; 2013.12.08 at 14:55 PM.
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    If only the lid actually worked...
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    worked? What doesn't work?
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    Arron broke the tiny screws we used to attach the lid and collar to the keezer... So that picture of the lid up is one of the few times it actually supported its own weight. Just need to swap out the screws, which I'll do when I get home from work. After I have a beer, or two...
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    Hah.. I see
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    C'mon Arron, get it together! Sheesh, this is why we can't take you anywhere!
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    Not his fault. We used inappropriate screws
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    Quote: Originally Posted by twardnw View Post
    C'mon Arron, get it together! Sheesh, this is why we can't take you anywhere!
    I know. I'll just stay in my garage from now on.
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