The Finished FridgeSeptember 21, 2004
It was a lengthy project, but I finally finished the fridge while on vacation in September, 2004. Here's a link to the source code, in case you're interested in it. Unfortunately, I also decided that I really don't trust my electrical engineering skills enough to bring a home-brew appliance into the office and leave it running all the time. Sure, there probably wouldn't be any problems... but the potential downside (e.g., burning the office down) is significant. So... my lovely fridge will probably not be good for much more than bragging rights. :-) I ended up taking some shortcuts towards the end... some of them I'm not really thrilled about, but given it's "not actually going to be used daily" status, I think they're acceptable. Plus, this allowed me to get started on my next project before the end of my vacation.
Here's a "shortcut list":
All in all, however, it works quite well and I am very pleased with it. It will at least make a nice decoration for my office, and be usable for demos and the occasional cooling job. Here are a couple of final shots: One of me placing the first drink inside the finished refrigerator, and another of the fridge doing it's job.