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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 10:59 AM

My daughter and her husband would like to conceal the chest freezer we got them because it's basically in the living area of their apartment at the moment.  They just simply want it to look like a piece of furniture.  Well, for one, I'm not sure I have what it takes to build anything that would look remotely good, but more importantly, I'm not so sure it should be done.  Wouldn't this make the freezer sweat and ultimately shorten its life because it doesn't have a fresh air flow?


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:09 AM

Just cover three sides: front, top, and the one side that doesn't have a vent. They will have to arrange it so that it works to the leave the non-vented side open. You could use a wooden return register if you need to cover both sides.

How big is it? 3 sheets of oak faced, some trim to overlap the top seam that you put on a cedar chest hinge to cover the top, some 1x's to make the corners so it looks like a fireplace mantle, maybe some 1/4" strips vertical on the front, yeah baby. This should come in somewhere right at 10% more $ than the freezer itself.

Good luck, Jeff!
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:15 AM

I have 1 tip. Dont put screws it the side of the freezer. I had an old fridge in the shop that I decided needed a little something extra. I had some crate slats and wanted to give it a "barn wood" look. I cut all the boards and started screwing them into the side of the fridge. I got all the boards on but decided they needed a few extra screws. About the time I put the last screw in, I heard "SSSSSSSSSSSSS"

I ended up nicking a 1/16th inch line going to the freezer. It looked good but didnt work so well after that


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:15 AM

Oh, and btw: I'm not laughin' at ya, I'm crying right along with ya.

This started life as the 'humidifier cabinet'!

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Oops, forgot the Man Code Buddy System:

Jeff, covering the freezer will create a convection circulation issue, resulting in the freezer working harder, it might sweat, it's service life will definitely be shortened, and could create a potential fire hazard.


Copy and paste that and send it your daughter.

Your welcome!

Hahahahahahahaha
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:29 AM

Oops, forgot the Man Code Buddy System:

Jeff, covering the freezer will create a convection circulation issue, resulting in the freezer working harder, it might sweat, it's service life will definitely be shortened, and could create a potential fire hazard.


Copy and paste that and send it your daughter.

Your welcome!

Hahahahahahahaha


Now that's what I wanted to hear. I will do just that. Thanks.
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:44 AM

I have 1 tip. Dont put screws it the side of the freezer.

 

I heard "SSSSSSSSSSSSS"

 

 

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Now that's what I wanted to hear. I will do just that. Thanks.

 

Call me slow, but me thinks that's the info you were looking for maybe.................. :rolling:


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:50 AM

I had a 1 in 600 chance of hitting the line. The good side of that was I was then obligated to consume all beverages that required refrigeration, which wasnt hard considering I just killed a perfectly good fridge  


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Btw, priced oak lately? Holy moly, I'm taking it in the backside on this one because I gave out the estimate last October.

1/3 of the lumber used, minus the 2 sheets of 3/4:

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 12:01 PM

She could paint it! Something like this maybe?

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Posted February 23, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Toss a nice decorative blanket over it leaving the vent side open of course, and SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP! I hate to be unappreciative of the situation, but there are worse things than a gift chest freezer in your living room. Like buying it yourself, or not having a freezer at all, or no living room either. Just sayin'--- guess I'm Olde school, lol.
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 03:30 PM

It's been a while since I did a woodworking job for pay, but if I felt the person was going to drag their feet on making a decision, I quoted it at cost plus.  Any extra materials cost they paid for.  This also helps when someone changes their mind midway through a build. 

 

And I agree with oldedeeres on sucking it up.  Worry less about the appearance and focus more on using it to save money on the food bill to get out of the apartment and into a house.


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Posted February 23, 2015 - 04:16 PM

It's been a while since I did a woodworking job for pay, but if I felt the person was going to drag their feet on making a decision, I quoted it at cost plus. Any extra materials cost they paid for. This also helps when someone changes their mind midway through a build.

And I agree with oldedeeres on sucking it up. Worry less about the appearance and focus more on using it to save money on the food bill to get out of the apartment and into a house.


I actually agree as well. She can be pretty hard headed and has had too much time to think over the last week so these things come to light. I was just looking for amo to try to open her eyes. I see reasoning but I just don't see it as a priority right now. Besides, her FIL is actually a wood worker so if they really want this, they can just go to him.
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Posted February 23, 2015 - 04:18 PM

How about a nice mural.

 

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