Monday, November 3, 2008

Kegerator Collar - part 1

I didn't have solid plans drawn, so we were forced into a state of creative imagination, especially given the limited wood stock. Each store we went to didn't have everything I needed. It took driving beyond the point we wanted to go, but finally found the right oak paneling for the vision I had in my mind. We hit four major home improvement mega department stores, and settled on stock from the two farthest...and its really far out in the burbs. When my Dad and I are together, there's some serious brainstorming going on, and luckily I was able to keep with my original plan.

The collar is made up of three vertical pieces of wood. A core, inner face, and outer face. The core was assembled first, as square as humanly possible, and with wood glue and nails at rabbet jointed corners. Both the inner face and core boards were cut straight and identical in width. After forgetting to cut a special notch in the bottom edge of the core for an inserted all-weather seal, we decided to cut it into the inner face. Then the inner face boards were glued and clamped to the core while fixing a slight outer bowing in the long sides...see photo.

I chose a pretty dark brown stain for this piece, and it should look super with a satin finish. The inside, top and bottom will get a more durable gloss finish to help protect against condensation, spills and cleaning.

Cutting the outside paneling is really tricky. It's a little under 12 inches wide, and the margin of error is big while cutting miter joints with a radial saw.
Getting them to fit tightly around the core piece isn't easy, so we're cutting them a tiny bit longer to compensate for any error. This part of the project has been delayed because my Dad wanted to get the saw blade sharpened before we run the final cuts.

Other posts about this project...

Finding a Home for Kegs
Kegerator Collar - part 2
Kegerator Collar - part 3
Kegerator Collar - part 4
Kegerator Finale

1 comment:

Adam said...

Great photos. How did I miss this? I'm working on my "brew basement" these days. Satisfying to do some carpentry instead of office work for a change.