|Project by Tim Dorcas||posted 07-29-2008 05:14 AM||4435 views||14 times favorited||12 comments|
This is one of my first major projects that I did in 2005 and it still one of my favorites. Below is an excerpt of the build process.
With the exception of making the control panel (which I fully plan on doing), my cabinet is done. I would say it took about 5 weekends to complete. I made lots of mistakes along the way but I’m please with the way it has turned out.
Before this project, I had never used a tablesaw (thanks Dan for coming by and helping), or a router. The words Tim and handy were never used at the same time. As far as budget, I went way over what I intended to spend. A big part of this was due to getting the tablesaw, router & some other smaller tools. (I have since replaced that tablesaw with something with more power and accuracy.) That said, I’m glad I got them. I use the tablesaw all of time.
Paint…I started with black melamine paint. Instead of looking black, it looked muddy gray. I tried for over a week to convince myself it would look good with a couple more coats. I tried and failed. Back to the store I went. This time I got Black Acrylic Gloss Enamel. That did the trick. It could probably use one more coat to finish it off. I will say that the blue melamine paint that I used for where the X-Arcade and speakers (yes they are speakers not fans) still looks great.
Why the X-Arcade controller? Time. I was reasonably confident that I could finish the actual cabinet in a timely fashion but I thought working on a control panel and the cabinet would be a bit much. The controller itself is great. I do need to send back the left controller however. Without any issues at all, they have already agreed to do this.
I decided it would be fun to make turn my cabinet into a jukebox as well. I tried several free and demo versions until I finally stumbled on to SK Jukebox (http://www.mameworld.net/skjukebox/). It’s easy to use and definitely gives it that jukebox feeling. The only negative? This forced me to organize years worth of songs and then to download the required covers. Give it a try!
We still use this a lot and it’s quite a bit of fun. I have added a Racing Cabinet to the list of things I would like to build. I have all of the parts I just need to finish off the plan. X-Arcade finally came out with the Tankstick which includes a trackball. I am old enough to remember when Centipede and Missile Command came out. If I were to do this again I would design it to incorporate this.
SK Jukebox is no more. I have sent e-mails to the developer but i have not heard back from him.
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