Old fridge - slow build will start soon

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Few weeks ago my dad asked me if I needed to borrow his angle grinder for the project; told him I have 5 already.

When he asked why I have 5, I explained that I despise having to switch between various abrasives on angle grinders - so I got one for each kind.

He laughed at me.
Ok, so I don't have 5, but 2 small and 1 bug one. But you're right, saves alot of time! Ooopppsss, add 1 more...have a cordless one as well!

Ryan
 

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Since the last update:
-All rack supports are fully welded in place
-Rack frames are built (been lazy on cutting up the expanded metal)
-Interior is painted & all inner seams are sealed

Racks will NOT be painted; the paint I've been using is food safe for the inside of the cabinet, however it is NOT food safe for food contact surfaces.

Used 1x1/2 & 1/2x1/2 for the racks. Slides in and out about perfectly.

Racks are 25" wide and 14" deep - I'll be cutting the mesh to 24"x14" so that I can get as much out of my 48"x48" sheet of mesh as possible.

6 racks for now, I have room to build 4 more later if I need them.

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Felt like a slacker by not finishing the racks.

Better

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They are a bit too clean tho :emoji_laughing:
 
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Will be longer than I'd like. Have a lot of body work to do still. Also waiting on the re-made hinges to finish up; buddy has been super busy at his shop. Not something I'm capable of making with the equipment & experience I have.

Need the humidity to drop a bit more before I even consider painting it; it's been brutal here lately.
 

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Well, I'm still around... surgery went off without a hitch. Doctor specifically ordered me NOT to work on the smoker till further notice tho.

Damnit
 

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great news about your surgery!! hang in there, hopefully it won't be too long till you can work on your smoker!!
 

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Well, I haven't forgotten about this site... or the smoker.

Finally recovered enough from the surgery, but now I'll be starting a new job soon (was retired almost a year, I can't stand it).

The hinges were in worse shape than I originally thought. Took them to a friend who works at a machine shop, he's going to rebuild them for me - he's just really busy and hasn't gotten to them yet.

Will update as progress is made - there is just a hold-up still.
 
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That was a fun read catching up
I’ve got an old fridge in the garage intended for a smoker cabinet
Maybe I’ll just purchase something ….?
Nice build and write up
 

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I haven't forgotten about this project (the wife has ensured that!). Wrist is about 90-95% - still having some issues that were not planned on.


Still waiting on my buddy to make the hinges so I can start buttoning some things up. He had some stuff happen in life - family comes first, so... I'll wait patiently for him to have time again.
 
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