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Well here it is. The portakeg.
Inside of this is a peice of 300mm stormwater drain with a cap to hold a 5 gallon keg and ice.
The wood "skin" on the outside is oregon from reclaimed verandah posts, 27 staves in total, each of which is 42mm wide and cut with an angle of 6.7 degrees. The glue up was a process of laying each stave on the bench outside face up and taping them together with masking tape, flipping the whole lot, filling the slots with glue, rolling it up then clamping with ratchet straps - it was pretty hectic - the glue was going off because it was a bit warm and the ratchet straps were trying to collapse the bit the barrel where the ratchet mechanism was, but I got there in the end. Suffice to say there was a lot of card scraper action after.
It is finished with danish oil and 4 coats of gloss poly.
The hoops are 50mm wide stainless plate held on with 1/4" UNC dome head bolts - all polished to a mirror finish. The tap is a Perlick 525 flow control type to complete the bling factor. When I get a chance I am going to make a wooden tap handle on my friends lathe, because the cheapo plastic one really looks out of place.
It's getting it's first run at a booze up this afternoon with a keg of pale ale that has just been filtered and carbonated.

Cheers!

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I like the whole concept. Really nice work.
 

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Awesome! Is there room in there for CO2 bottle?
 

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That's beautiful. Pub quality. It will be the focal point of any kegger party. So much classier than floating a keg in a garbage can full of ice. Well done!
 

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I agree, a custom tap handle will finish it of perfectly. Nice work.
 

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Looks great. If you are looking for a volunteer to test it I'll be happy to be your guinea pig. Probably needs lots of testing.
 

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Nice concept! Good call on going with the Perlick as well. I'd like to see more pictures of it in-action, as well as the turned tap handle, once you make it.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys.
It had a decent work out last night, but could do with more testing for sure!
 
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