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Drip Tray For Da Freezerator!

After I built my Freezerator, I clearly needed a drip tray. No sense in pissing off my wife with stains on the new carpet.

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Being the cheap bastard frugal individual that I am, I knew that I didn't want to spend the money to buy a stainless steel drip tray - the width of the Freezerator was just too great. I decided to make a drip tray from wood that would match the skirt I built for the Freezerator.

This still left me with the problem of what to use for the grates. I knew that a wooden lattice might work, but this part of the drip tray would be in contact with the beer the most often, plus it was most likely to get it's protection (paint, lacquer, etc) chipped off with glasses being set down. I was walking through OSH, and was hit by inspiration: Plastic covered metal shelving!

This is the stuff you use to make closet, pantry or garage shelving. It was perfect! Pre-finished, and lots of strength.

I wanted the edges to be as clean as possible, and I needed the drip tray to be a little over 4 inches wide to ensure the drips hit the tray. I determined that the lateral bars ended at approximately 5 inches, so I started cutting with wire snips.

I cut out 3 pieces, and was now ready to make the main body.

I measured the distance between the ends of my taps, and added 6 inches - 3 inches overlap on each end. I then cut pieces of 1-by-6 pine to the correct lengths.

I now needed something to "hold" the grates. For this, I ran a 1/4" wide by 1/2 inch deep rabbet along the upper edge of each piece to accept the shelving pieces.

Time to fashion the tray! I took another piece of 1-by-6 pine, and ripped it so it was the same width as the grates, minus the width of the rabbets. I placed this in between the side pieces, at a slope to encourage drainage, lined up the ends, and held it in place with clamps. I then marked the ends of the board that overhung the sides, and cut the board ends at an angle to match the slope. This ensured that when I put the end pieces on, I would have a tight fit.

Time to glue and screw! I cut a piece of the 1-by-6 to fit each end. I pre-drilled holes and glued up the ends. The screws were counter-sunk and filled with putty. I also pre-drilled and used screws on the sides of the driptray to hold the main body steady. I went every 12 inches with a screw.

Obviously, this needed to be water-tight, especially since it was made of wood. I filled all of the interior seams with silicone caulk, and allowed it to dry overnight.

I now ripped two pieces of the 1-by-6 into 2 inch wide pieces, and screwed them to the back of the drip tray. These are used to attach the tray to the skirt on the Freezerator. The whole thing was painted with 4 coats of the same indoor/outdoor paint that was used to finish the skirt.

A hole was drilled at the bottom of the sloping board, and I jammed a piece of rubber hose into the hole. The receiving end is a 1-gallon container with a hole drilled in the lid to accept the other end of the hose.

The top of the 2 inch slats were then screwed into (and counter sunk) into the skirt. Puttied, painted, and good to go.

Sorry for it being so dirty - we had a Super Bowl party, and it got a real workout! Better picture to come....

Enjoy... JMS


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