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Beer Keg Cradle

29th August 2019:

The RWB Shed was recently approached by a local resident who was a home beer and wine maker.

The resident had a stainless steel beer keg for beer to be drawn from, but needed some form of cradle to hold the keg.
Phil took on the project and met with the resident to discuss the requirements in more detail.

It was determined that the cradle wasn't needed to be a showpiece so that 18mm Birch ply could be used and that the keg needed to sit high enough from its base so that bottles could be filled.

Various measurements of the keg were made, as well as determining the overall general dimensions of the cradle. As the resident wasn't sure as to the finish to be applied, it was decided that the resident would complete the final wax or varnish finish themselves.

A full-size template of the components was made using card. This was to confirm both the fit to the keg as well as the proportion of the cradle. Once that was complete and approved, the template was used to transfer the design to the timber and the components were cut.
A general sanding of the components and then rounding over of the edges with the router completed the process before final assembly. The completed cradle is assembled without glue or any mechanical fixings.