After skinning the body of the keezer in v-groove panelling there were a number of raw edges that really needed to be covered. Although I had run the router down these butt joints to get a perfectly flush finish, any application of stain and varnish would make them highly visible due to all the end-grain. Also the more nails that I can hide the better!
The solution is to put on some trim strips to cover these areas, and this is also an opportunity to use some decorative moldings to add a little more character to the keezer.
The broad capping strip you can see in the photo above also has the added benefit of providing a surface for the lid to meet with. I will need to leave a gap so that the internal sealing strip correctly mates with the top of the freezer and has sufficient weight on it to hold it in place, so I thought this deep wooden strip would make the shut-line more attractive.
Next to go on is a skirting around the base. Rather than buy a molding I took a length of 90x19mm pine board and ran the router down it with a quarter-round bit. These were placed 20mm off the floor to allow room for the casters to move around even if placed on carpet. And lastly some 30mm edge trim went on both the left and right edges of the front panel to help with knocks and to hide that ugly raw plywood edge.
Next step – the lid!