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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Building the Indiana Jones Crate Keezer

What if this dispensed beer?
I've decided for today to finally post the complete Indiana Jones Crate Keezer build.  By now you might have noticed in the "SNB Brews Currently..." section on the right of the page a section listed "On The Crate". This refers to the 4 tap keezer I built out of an old chest freezer, which is the definition of a keezer vs a kegarator btw.

I knew going into building my own draft system that it should be four taps and have a theme to it.  After a lot of thought I got inspired to make it look like the crate the US Government puts the Ark of the Covenant in at the end of Raider of the Lost Ark.  This is why it is refer to as the Crate, The Indy Crate and The Indiana Jones Keezer on this site and others that I post to.

I bought the chest freezer off of Craigslist and a Johnson Analog controller from Addison Homebrew Provisions.  I also picked up the shanks and Perlick faucet from AHP. I highly recommend Perlick faucets for their forward sealing design. Everything else I picked up from Home Depot mostly in their scrap wood department.

Real quick, chest freezers work by routing the cooling medium around the inside of the walls.  Unless you have a map diagramming this it is highly advisable to NEVER screw, drill or nail anything to the wall of the freezer.  I used liquid nails to connect the wood skin to the lower part of the freezer.

In total it took me about 2 weekends to complete which I broke up into two builds several months apart for monetary reasons. During this period I used it as a 3 tap keezer, this is the reason that for a period it only has 3 holes and the lid magically becomes red. Later I decide to build a removable drip tray using rulers, shelf brackets and a drip tray I bought off of eBay.

With that said here is a picture walk through of the build process.



The mockup design

The Keezer Build 

Found on Craigslist for $80
First step is to secure the hinges with a heavy duty nail
This is to keep the hinge closed to make it easier to work with
Next I decided I wanted to save the seal gasket, so I removed the
tabs holding it on which was also connected the plastic piece to the top.
Next came attaching a piece of scrape plywood I got at Home
Depot for 51 cents to the lid. I attached it with exterior screws
and a tube of Liquid Nails. I found the 2 inch clamps at Home
Depot for 99 cents each. in retrospect 2 more would have
been prefect
While the lid was drying I started on the collar, I'd
bought a 10 foot 2X8 and had them cut it into 2 41 inch
boards and had them split the reminder in half which
came to be 19 inches each. I cut an inch off each of
the side boards and screwed it together.
I tossed the lid on quick to get a sense of how it would
look and make some markings
Next I attached the collar to the lid with lots of brackets
and screws
Next I drilled some holes on the top and reattached
the gasket seal using the tabs I salvaged earlier that day.
Here it is bracketed up with the seal back on
Next I took a tube of mold resistant exterior seal and
sealed everything up. I also grabbed a can of exterior
polyurethane and put on three coats to seal the wood and
let it dry over night
The next day I started by measuring and drilling some pilot holes.
I then took a 1 inch bore and bored out my three tap holes.
I used a 3/4 inch bore to do the same for my gas line after a
suggestion about keeping CO2 bottles out of keezers. [not
pictured till later, to reinforce the hinges I sandwiched the
  wood at the hinge between 8 6 inch plates you'll see it in a bit]
Here are some pictures of my airlines in a four way manifold
The lid and collar are back on...
but will it open...
Next I ran my airline through the hole I drilled and attached the
manifold to the collar

Skinning the Keezer

I really scored in the scrap wood department as I purchased the
bulk of the wood for the skin for around 51 cents a board
and all were 45-50 inches which allowed me to cut in half and
cover both sides and half the top!
I needed to do was trim the plastic so it would be flush,
quick work with my chisel
Next I attached a small piece of wood in front of the existing
holes to help level it so that when I attached the shanks it would
have something to reinforce it. (Does that sentience make sense?)
I also added shims for the same purpose
Then I drilled holes
Side panels attached with liquid nails curing overnight
The front panels added
Pretty heavy but it still opens
Attaching the lower section
Just needs a little cleanup work
Attached the control to the side
Added the strapping and stencil (should have use 2 inch)
Almost the final product. Currently I've ditched the stout faucet
andadded another HomeBrewed Opener
The Drip Tray

I bought a brass 23 x 7 inch drip tray off eBay for around $35
Created some hangers using 18 inch steel rulers that I bent on my vise
I reinforced it using some 7 inch shelf hangers
Works wonderfully


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