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jonnyblobby
11th September 2010, 03:33 PM
First Cocktail style machine for the Saturday Night Arcade workshop.
After lots of research of the many table top designs I decided to go with a more basic build for the first go and lifted plans (http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php?t=19957&highlight=cocktail+plans) from aussie arcade member dezbaz (http://www.aussiearcade.com/member.php?u=974)
who provided some very detailed plans which I in turn translated over to a cutting template in autocad to suite a 2400x1200x18 sheet of MDF ($33 at bunnings!)
Everything fit with lots left over to use next time around.
And on a sunny Sunday afternoon three weeks ago I got cutting.
The easiest part by far, a sharp new blade for the Circular saw and I had all the major cuts done in less than 60 mins from marking cuts to dusting off, and immediately went about assembling the parts.
Using 30x30mm angle brackets the initial structure was up in no time.
http://www.saturdaynightarcade.com/wp-content/gallery/saturday-night-arcade/22082010091.jpg
I was going to use an old 20" arcade tube I had around at first but when it become clear this tube had seen better days and was having trouble actually identifying it I decided to go with a recently discovered NEC tv tube instead, this one 21" so a tight squeeze, but in the end a great choice.
The hardest part of the whole cutting part of the job was definitely the control panels, more so with getting the dimensions right across both sides, in the end the sander evened everything out.
http://www.saturdaynightarcade.com/wp-content/gallery/saturday-night-arcade/27082010098.jpg
Note, as with some other cocktail designs I have seen similar to this on aussie arcade, I went with the monitor mounted to the door for easy access inside.

The monitor is of coarse brought to life with a Jomac universal chassis, and after an initial issue with the Horizontal sync pin getting loose, I'm now getting an excellent image off a iCade 60 in 1 board.

And here are a few shots of the cab at its current stage.
http://www.saturdaynightarcade.com/wp-content/gallery/saturday-night-arcade/IMG_0828.JPG
http://www.saturdaynightarcade.com/wp-content/gallery/saturday-night-arcade/IMG_0847.JPG

On the to do list,
I ran out of the red T-moulding and am awaiting an order from GameMasters to finished around the table top.
I'm not happy with the brackets I got and might try an rebirth a few older style ones that have a bit of rust on them now.
The glass is from an old table top and is scratch a bit, its not too bad but I would prefer to replace with a nice new piece.
I also might try some other button colour configurations, all the new ones I had was green, yellow and white, but i have dozens of older buttons that just need a clean and some new microswitches.

ozHarris
11th September 2010, 07:27 PM
Nice work mate.. Looks great.

Jaympee
11th September 2010, 11:47 PM
Gonna do the same myself, cross between the Kyle cab and the Chunky Galaxian Cab. Who care's as long as the kids see what we're tryin to get at!!

benjum
19th September 2010, 10:24 AM
That looks fantastic. You've given me the inspiration (didn't really need anymore, but I'll take it) to get started on my lowboy. Exciting times!

jonnyblobby
19th September 2010, 10:31 AM
I was surprised how quick I was able to complete it considering I have very little with real work right now.
I've now finished this cab (except for replacing with new glass but wondering if I need to bother now)

I'll setup a new thread for the Lowboy that I built before this which is almost finish.