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    Donkey Kong Build

    I am using the Gaetan plans for this Donkey Kong build as they are in mm and the most detailed. I'm using 16mm mdf for this, mitre 10 mega was closing down and I got the sheets for half price! I originally wanted to use an LCD but I ended up changing my mind to a CRT. I want to have 2 control panels. one for playing arcade games that need more than 1 button and another one that looks original

    So I am already a fair way along with my build but I've still been taking a lot of pictures so here it goes...


    I have no work bench in the garage so I used the old man's ute to draw out the nintendo shape for my template



    Bit hard to see but this is the outline where I needed to cut



    As bad as it seems using tyres to cut on, Dad's saw horses were else where and I really wanted to get started on this so thats what I used.
    I used a jigsaw for this part and sanded any rough edges



    here it is all cut out



    I got the saw horses at this stage and I clamped the template on top and routed out my first side. I used a flush cut top bearing bit for this. I brought the top bearing piece so that I could see when the turns were which made it easier to cut out, rather than trying to follow the template on the bottom.


    about to do the second side



    as you can see it made a lot of dust!






    I routed the t-molding slots early on in the build just in case I stuffed them up.





    I got the 1:1 profile printed at my local officeworks



    I didn't get a picture but I have a friend who is a cabinet maker and they have a panel saw at his work, so I took in my sheets of mdf and got pretty much everything I needed cut in one go. I'll admit I did have to go back a few times for other bits I forgot

    Put the first panel on



    screwed on a couple more panels



    screwed in the other side and it stands!







    here I was eyeing up the the front panels to see how they would go







    this was after I cut out the hole for my coin door, btw here is the coin door I got from plonka games



    here is my coin box. For the coin holes I originally just drilled holes in each corner and jig sawed the coin holes out but it was pretty rough as you can see in some of the pictures. I had the cab laying on its back one hot day and because I only used a little bit of glue to hold it down the outside fell off (didn't have the actual box in). so I took that opportunity to route them out nice and square and used more glue this time, and I am much happier with the result.








    Now the speaker grille... the part I wasn't overly excited for. I didn't take pictures of these even though I know now I probably should have so some other people know what not to do but I'll just try and explain... I first used a drill bit to drill out each end of the speaker grill and go between with a jigsaw. this turned out pretty rough and its hard to get exactly straight lines and I found that my blade was a bit thin so it would actually bend and cut on an angle. I then tried the router with an 8mm bit. this started off fine using 1 clamped piece of wood as a guide but my router was a bit sticky on its up and down movements so I ended up just coming off the guide a little and I wasn't happy with that. So upon looking on the forums again I saw just the day before johnrt did his using a guide on both sides and 16mm thickness wood as a spacer everytime and as I was using 16mm wood for my build I had heaps.










    the piece that holds the bezel and control panel was also hard! I ended up finding some wood at my local bunnings that was 30mm*90mm which was as close as I could find to the 29mm*89mm that I needed. i used a dovetail bit that had the correct angle I needed then used the straight cut bit to finish off the bottom part that you couldn't see anyway. the piece of mdf in front of it has also come out since.







    I went into uni to try and make up some of the nintendo brackets. I also got my cabinet maker friend to cut me out bits of 3mm mdf the same size as the bezel and the marquee for testing too






    here is the control panel art I made on illustrator. this gives me enough room to fit a couple of extra buttons



    by now I have my buttons, joystick and encoder which I got from OzStick and I really wanted to play some DK so I got a print of the art at officeworks so I knew where to drill my holes, hooked it up and played for an hour or so
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    lookin good so far .... thanks for sharing.

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    I made this small box for my live wire to go in. I didn't want any 240v wire showing so some idiot couldn't accidentally touch it. A smart power board will plug into this which should turn everything on when the pc turns on





    here is my ebay speaker amp and 4 inch pioneer speaker that I will be using










    drilled some holes for my hidden buttons. I will have pause, coin and computer on/off.


    here is my mount for my 19 inch LCD screen. (before i decided to change it to a CRT)





    I got some new coin mechs as I didn't like the look of the other ones I had. you can see in my previous pictures which ones I was talking about





    had a piece of 3mm cut out for my back door to make it lighter







    and after a lot of filling and sanding







    we don't have Behrs here in Aus so I couldnt get a batch of Liquid Blue mixed up. I found a website called encycolorpedia.com which can give you heaps of info about the colour as well as which brands have colours that are close. I found that Taubmans: River Boat was extremely close. so thats what im going to use

    painted some primer in the speaker grille for when I paint it black. and then sanded the paint on the outside smooth that I dont get any brush marks



    I brought some magnetic cabinet latches for the control panel. I originally wanted to do the latch approach but the latches that I had were going to make it difficult so I went with this easier option. I have only put 1 set on so far but not sure if I want to put another set on to make it more secure?






    properly screwed on the lid for my power point to hide any live wires


    and screwed on the back door top and bottom



    I painted the speaker grille black. I got a bit of bleed from my masking tape but I'm going to sand the front of the panel so hopefully that gets rid of the black.



    I also drilled 2 holes for my fans




    routed out the holes for the handles.


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    This is going to be awesome. You should be very satisfied. Great build and very well documented. Keep it coming. 👍

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    Pinball...I can't get enough !!!

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    here is the CRT I'm using. It was an old tv I found on the side of the road. and it turns on as soon as power is present and it remembers what input it is on so once it is set up I shouldnt have to touch it again.





    I just used some pine from my local hardware store to make the frame



    Mounted the frame in the cab

    and I also mounted the castor wheels using some M6 bolts and some left over pine from the frame as a spacer




    got them pretty close to the ground I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    This is going to be awesome. You should be very satisfied. Great build and very well documented. Keep it coming. ��

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    Thank you

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    Love the detail in the progress reports, pictures paint 1000 words! Planning on building my first cabinet very soon so it's great to see such detail in each step.

    Donkey Kong is a personal fave so can't wait to see how this goes!

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    Excellent so far! Really loving this build

    It's inspiring me to finish mine (Painted 3 years ago, then zip)

    Keep it up, nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticPangolin View Post
    Love the detail in the progress reports, pictures paint 1000 words! Planning on building my first cabinet very soon so it's great to see such detail in each step.

    Donkey Kong is a personal fave so can't wait to see how this goes!
    Quote Originally Posted by dezbaz View Post
    Excellent so far! Really loving this build

    It's inspiring me to finish mine (Painted 3 years ago, then zip)

    Keep it up, nice!
    Thanks guys! Yeah I can't wait until it's done!

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    Little update.
    I've been slowly chipping away painting the black parts on the cabinet with satin black spray paint. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. still need to paint the back door and the control panel black.












    need to start sanding the sides again so they are ready for the blue paint

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    Very nice !!
    Pinball...I can't get enough !!!

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