Category: 2) Cabinet

DVD Template and Opening

55 degrees was perfect to get some more work done.   First, the way I had the rear vinyl stapled to hold it down looked terrible so I used some hardwood to fix it up, Then I whipped up a template to use in routing out an opening for the DVD-ROM.  I used my Kreg Pocket …

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Front Panels Installed

I needed to beef up the MDF Shelves so that I could glue and screw the front panels to it.  I did this by gluing and screwing oak boards onto the shelves. You will note above I used a few angled pieces on the Keyboard Drawer to form a ‘drawer pull.’ Ad the end of …

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T-Molding Complete!

I did a few things today… first I installed the T-molding.  Here’s the slot bit mounted in the router ready to go.. The slot is cut: The T-molding is ready to go: Installing it: Shaving off the extra t-molding Material:

Laminate Sides Applied

It was a tad cold for it, but I took a chance and applied the laminate sides to the cabinet today.  Everything went great, and I also managed to create the speaker ‘panel.’  It will have a cloth covered grille over it so I wasn’t super fussy about the holes.. I know most people route …

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Between the holidays and the colder-than-normal winter, I haven’t been able to do any work.   To make matters worse, “Punxsutawney Pete” claims it’ll go another six weeks, so I expect to resume work in March/April at this point.

Progress for November 2, 2008

I got a few things done this weekend: Reconfigured the bottom and wheels for greater stability Filled most of the holes with putty, sealed a few gaps Mounted the subwoofer Covered the back panel with Parts Express Black Speaker Vinyl Installed the three sliding shelves

It’s the little things

While I know that due to it’s design this machine won’t look like an ‘old-time’ game, I do want it to feel like a commercial machine when complete.  This means that I will be spending a lot of time doing re-work to eliminate errors and sweating the smaller details. An example of this mindset is …

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Most of the features and design elements on this cabinet have been done before.  This cabinet was inspired by Knievel’s original “Woody” and “Evolution” cabinets. Some of the Sketchup components I used (Coin Door, Pushbuttons) were created by BYOAC’s Xylosesame.  Those models can be found here. I borrowed the ‘roll out bottom’ idea from the …

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Progress for October 18, 2008

Nice progress today.  I gave up on the idea of using biscuit joints – the cabinet was just too big and there were too many pieces to coordinate.  I went back to tried-and-true glued-and-screwed ledgers.   It’s really kind of nice seeing the 3D plans come to life exactly as designed on the PC.  I am …

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Bling, Baby!

This game machine is going to have a prominent spot in my family room for the forseeable future.  Because of this, one of my goals is that it be ‘furniture-like’ day-to-day and that it not be enormous and tacky.  The downside of this is that arcade machines of the 80’s were enormous and tacky, so …

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