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Supremicus
5th May 2009, 04:49 PM
Ok to start off, I needed a cabinet for my cps2 games & since i had no luck trying to source another lowboy cab and being generally ****ed around with I built one from scratch. Managed to source a nice $20 20" tv from the recycle shop for a donor tube, contacted joey and got the chassis sorted, so lowboy it was.

Wanted something a little different, and since it was going to primarily be for my capcom fighting games, I made up some artwork of one of my favourite capcom fighters and I think it came out a treat. You'll see what i mean below.

Since I know how much you guys love build logs I took pictures of the whole process. I can try and do up some cabinet plans in a pdf when i get some spare time if anyone is interested, provided i can find where i put my chicken scribble notes.

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/6396/dsc00130s.jpghttp://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6707/dsc00140bmh.jpg

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3992/dsc00143i.jpghttp://img377.imageshack.us/img377/951/dsc00144.jpg

Locks mounted.
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/9766/dsc00151t.jpghttp://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7440/dsc00152x.jpg

Monitor Frame.
http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/6820/dsc00153v.jpg

Laying out Control Panel.
http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/9397/dsc00158k.jpg

Control panel holes cut.
http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/3681/dsc00160q.jpg

Fan, coin mech plate, handles, speaker grills & monitor frame mounted.
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/96/dsc00166sve.jpghttp://img220.imageshack.us/img220/4919/dsc00170v.jpg

Wheels, fan/grill & cabinet handles.
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/7580/dsc00169v.jpg

Stupid 15 images per post.......... Continued in next post.

Supremicus
5th May 2009, 04:49 PM
Control Panel completed. Decided to use the capcom generic overlay, Happ Competition Joysticks and buttons I bought along time ago for another project.
http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/3927/dsc00179g.jpg

Cabinet Primed & Painted Black.
http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/2866/dsc00175.jpg

Sides primed for some artwork.
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/7520/dsc00176t.jpghttp://img504.imageshack.us/img504/6328/dsc00177x.jpg

Wired up the 240v, mounted distribution block, power supply, amp, fluro & did the marquee while waiting for the artwork to be printed.
http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/2199/dsc00186c.jpg

$200 later for the artwork, think it was well worth it.
http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/7766/dsc00188n.jpghttp://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1434/dsc00190q.jpg

$20 Centrex TV from the recycle shop & a Jomac Uni Chassis later and we have a winner.
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6804/dsc00191h.jpg

Finished Product. All thats left to do is tidy up some wiring.
http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/9527/dsc00194.jpghttp://img301.imageshack.us/img301/4063/dsc00196j.jpg
http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/967/dsc00192z.jpg

Special Thanks to -

Joey @ Jomac - for the Uni Chassis, and programming a coin mech for me.

Jason @ In2Amusement - for various cabinet parts. The 240v fan is nice and quiet and those cabinet handles are awesome. Cabinet has some nice airflow going through it to keep it cool

Gamedude - For the power supply, T-moulding & jamma harness

Emohawk
5th May 2009, 05:05 PM
Nice work that cab looks grate. Love the art work.
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You are really making me thing about doing a re-build of my cab. or at the very least get some good art work for it. It makes a massive difference than just having a black painted cab.

daics3522
5th May 2009, 05:15 PM
Nice work that cab looks grate. Love the art work.
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You are really making me thing about doing a re-build of my cab. or at the very least get some good art work for it. It makes a massive difference than just having a black painted cab.

WOW, That looks awesome. Job well done.

felixthadog
5th May 2009, 06:14 PM
Wow :o

That cab looks awesome, I am so envious of people with cabinet-building skills. Well done! :023:

Matthew

tnpshow
5th May 2009, 06:18 PM
That looks kick-ass mate. Nice work!


I can try and do up some cabinet plans in a pdf when i get some spare time if anyone is interested,

You can bet there'll be interest ;)

I've got a mate buggin me to build him a lowboy and I wouldn't mind one meself

AdamC
5th May 2009, 06:35 PM
Thats a good job !

The side artwork really makes it look great !

Mango
5th May 2009, 06:45 PM
thats awesome, i wish I could do something like that :)

Bendragon
5th May 2009, 06:52 PM
Info on that sideart !!!

and the whole thing, it's insane !!!

vocalninja
5th May 2009, 09:21 PM
Capcom CP and Akuma for the WIN!

Beats wood grain any day of the week. :)

dmworking247
5th May 2009, 09:44 PM
EXCELLENT!

Not only is that a really well made, neat lowboy, but the artwork really sets it apart. Its rare in Australia/on AA for people to go that extra mile and get full size (if any) artwork. Well done!

One of these days I'm going to build a cocktail / lowboy...

Supremicus
5th May 2009, 09:54 PM
Thanks guys, wanted it to stand out and the artwork did it i rekon.

horseyboy69
5th May 2009, 10:33 PM
That's a great machine. Artwork really gives it a professional look. Well done!

Auspanties79
5th May 2009, 10:55 PM
Wow that looks fantastic great work kudooos to u mate..

madal
6th May 2009, 03:13 AM
wow thats an awesome machine you made there and with that Artwork wow. damn good job mate.

Brad
6th May 2009, 09:32 AM
I have to say that yes the artwork really makes this build along with the build quality. Well done!

Brad

hamish_nz
6th May 2009, 10:13 AM
wow love the side art

well done :o

Jomac
7th May 2009, 01:19 AM
That's brilliant !! that would have to be satisfying seeing the final product .

Some of the stuff guys do here from AA blows me away , I think we could almost have a Best Custom and Best Restoration competition .

Foot
7th May 2009, 10:59 AM
Very nice, well done

sleazius
7th May 2009, 11:13 AM
Top work, something to be proud of :)

Supremicus
8th May 2009, 03:17 PM
Been awhile since i've done some tech drawing but here are the plans for anyone who wants them.

kane
8th May 2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the plans, just what i've been looking for. Great cab too.

knight76
8th May 2009, 06:27 PM
That cab looks fantastic, without artwork, how much do you think this cost total to build.

I am shit at woodwork lol but would love to make a lowboy to learn. Just take my time and slog away.

Supremicus
8th May 2009, 06:35 PM
Bare wood roughly $100, including screws, brackets, hinges & castors. If you hold your mouth right you can almost squeeze it all out of a full sheet of 2400x1200. Then its just a matter or finding a tube to put in and wire her up. Ideally i would have loved to do a metal control panel for it but trying to find somewhere to buy a panbrake from is damm near impossible out here, and most engineering shops don't want to touch a job that small.

knight76
8th May 2009, 06:53 PM
Bare wood roughly $100, including screws, brackets, hinges & castors. If you hold your mouth right you can almost squeeze it all out of a full sheet of 2400x1200. Then its just a matter or finding a tube to put in and wire her up. Ideally i would have loved to do a metal control panel for it but trying to find somewhere to buy a panbrake from is damm near impossible out here, and most engineering shops don't want to touch a job that small.

And you didn't route the edges at all did you? I was considering routing a groove for T moulding around it.

Supremicus
8th May 2009, 07:50 PM
Yeah it was routed for t-moulding.

tnpshow
19th July 2009, 08:45 AM
Bump - cheers for the plans, but is anyone else having trouble opening the PDF? it gives me a message saying the doc might be damaged... :(

fringert
19th July 2009, 10:20 AM
Congratulations on a job well done!:applause:

Wob
19th July 2009, 11:58 AM
Bump - cheers for the plans, but is anyone else having trouble opening the PDF? it gives me a message saying the doc might be damaged... :(

Opens OK for me in Adobe Reader v9.1.2

Supremicus
19th July 2009, 12:15 PM
It's opening ok for me, can email them or save them to another format if you're still having problems.

Strydr
20th July 2009, 03:03 PM
Nice work ! :D

Thanks for making the plans available.


How did you achieve the curve on the side panels ?

Supremicus
20th July 2009, 03:52 PM
I cheated and made a cardboard template off my other lowboy :)

Strydr
20th July 2009, 05:28 PM
Would you be so kind as to make a paper template from your cardboard one and post it to me ? :D

I don't think I have anything large enough to get that sort of curve.

Supremicus
20th July 2009, 06:32 PM
pm me your details

Mango
21st July 2009, 07:02 PM
Would you be so kind as to make a paper template from your cardboard one and post it to me ? :D

I don't think I have anything large enough to get that sort of curve.

I was wondering how to do the curve recently and my friend who was helping me grabbed a length of flat plastic he held one end over one end of the curve, I held the other end and pushed/pulled the plastic to get it to curve. We then just adjusted a little pushing and pulling increasing/decreasing the curve until I was happy with it and drew it in in pencil :)

Easy :)

dezbaz
22nd July 2009, 08:35 AM
Been awhile since i've done some tech drawing but here are the plans for anyone who wants them.

Good one, Thanks for the plans Supremicus

Supremicus
22nd July 2009, 12:47 PM
No worries fellas

Dice275o
22nd July 2009, 06:40 PM
Awesome Stuff!! Just got my first lowboy yesterday and it's bare as so this is great inspiration. Cheers!

archastro
31st August 2009, 04:32 PM
Well, seeing this gives me something to shoot for!

Awesome work, Supremicus. PDF saved :D

Junior
17th March 2010, 02:08 AM
Great looking Cab, excellent work

benjum
19th September 2010, 12:58 PM
What a fantastic cabinet. I'll be revisiting this page a lot when ifinally get my build started.

fishburgr
8th November 2010, 11:52 PM
Hey mate,

Do you mind me asking where you got your side art printed up? Did it come adhesive backed or was it just like a poster you had to stick on yourself?

Thanks

Fire_Power
9th November 2010, 07:35 AM
Great looking cab - thanks for making the plans available :applause:

Supremicus
9th November 2010, 03:01 PM
Hey mate,

Do you mind me asking where you got your side art printed up? Did it come adhesive backed or was it just like a poster you had to stick on yourself?

Thanks

Just at the local sign shop, its normal printed vinyl with matt overlay its self adhesive.

fishburgr
13th November 2010, 12:48 AM
Just at the local sign shop, its normal printed vinyl with matt overlay its self adhesive.

Thanks mate, it looks fantastic btw. The full side art really makes it pop.

ataritoobin
13th November 2010, 08:28 AM
Wow, amazing work! The cab looks really impressive!

yardos1225
8th January 2011, 12:53 AM
Hey mate, bloody brilliant job on the cab I must say. Just curious about the artwork? Ive seen those CPO's floating round on the net a long time ago, did you buy from somewhere or get that printed? Also the side art is obviously high res?? Where's that from mate? Im looking for an artwork resource with high res pics like that...any help would be great! PM if you want...Cheers dude:)

Hewitson
8th January 2011, 04:34 PM
What a beautiful cab.. These plans are exactly what I'm after, how do you recommend cutting the panels? Just a router, or jigsaw and then go over it with a router?

Supremicus
8th January 2011, 07:28 PM
Hey mate, bloody brilliant job on the cab I must say. Just curious about the artwork? Ive seen those CPO's floating round on the net a long time ago, did you buy from somewhere or get that printed? Also the side art is obviously high res?? Where's that from mate? Im looking for an artwork resource with high res pics like that...any help would be great! PM if you want...Cheers dude:)

If you can wait till i've finished moving house i can upload the artwork, if i remember correctly it was on deviantart.


What a beautiful cab.. These plans are exactly what I'm after, how do you recommend cutting the panels? Just a router, or jigsaw and then go over it with a router?

If you use guides a router will be nice and neat unless you're awesome with a jigsaw, the circle dip i just used a jigsaw and sanded to desired shape.

yardos1225
9th January 2011, 07:05 PM
How did you paint the mdf mate? Roller, brush or spray? Did it turn out ok?? Also with the side art, did you just blow up an average size pic or what was the resolution???

Supremicus
10th January 2011, 03:02 PM
Foam roller. Pic was vectored then just stretched to size.

yardos1225
10th January 2011, 05:01 PM
Foam roller. Pic was vectored then just stretched to size.

Without sounding like a noob, did you just use a software to vectorize the graphic, converting it? Or is it vector tracing?

Hewitson
11th January 2011, 01:03 PM
What do you suggest using for a guide? A really thin piece of ply/MDF? I do own a router but haven't used it much.

I'd really like to try and build one of these so any tips regarding routing would be great. It seems to be like it'd be far easier to use a jigsaw and then smooth it over with the router, as you wouldn't need any sort of guide or template then. This doesn't seem to be the way most people go about it though.

racecar
19th September 2012, 03:59 PM
this is bloody nice an such a great fighter. I love those CPS 2 fighters!

ProgramThis
23rd September 2012, 03:04 PM
thats really awesome looking man!