The first step with the new keezer is to box it in. A skeleton of cheap pine will provide the back bone for skinning the freezer.
For ease of relocating the keezer I have elected to put it on casters. Many people build the casters into the wooden frame but then when it has to be moved from one property to another you are faced with the decision of either moving the whole thing in one (running the risk of damaging the cladding) or to remove the freezer from its surround. With the casters attached to the frame the heavy freezer has to be lifted out of the tight fitting frame. My decision was to mount casters to the freezer itself and have the skin lift off the freezer.
In order to prevent the frame from sliding down the sides of the freezer I needed to put in some sort of stop for the bottom of the frame to sit on. My solution was to sandwich a length of metal bracket between the caster and the freezer using the same screw that fastens the caster. It sits far enough out the side for the bottom edge of the wooden frame to sit on.
The bottom rail took a little light chiselling to allow for each of the bumps of the freezer, but without too much fuss it now sits on the caster tabs quite happily.
On went the rest of the framing to finally fully box in the freezer. The only challenge was toe-nailing the top and bottom frames to the uprights – but with a couple of strategic pilot holes and some expert bracing from Mary it all went without a hitch. The top edge of the top frame will be planed flush to the top edge of the freezer with a flush-trimming router bit later, once I have resolved how the top collar will work. But in terms of the bottom half of the freezer all the donkey-work is done and with a straight, square and solid frame to work off skinning it with the final panelling should be speedy and gratifying.