The next project begins!

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So my arcade table is like 95% done, but in my true ditzy nature i can never completely finish something without moving on to another project. Thus my next project is beginning.

I got the basic parts I need, and just need to get some wood to build the cabinet, which I'll be doing this weekend.




Ok boys... bigger is not always better! I had originally purchased a 43" tv, but i saw the 49" go on sale and figured bigger would be better. The cabinet that I am following was an arcade/pinball cab and had a 43" tv, but had an arcade panel at the front. I confused myself and figured i dont need the panel, i'll go bigger and get more screen to fill up the cabinet. I didnt pay attention that going bigger will also make it wider. Now my cabinet is going to be 2 inches wider than a normls cabinet, and i have to get a custom piece that is going to cost $50 more. :4_joy:

The ideal size tv would be 47", but they did not have any.

This is going to be my playfield.



That's it for my pinball project for now. next week hopefully i'll have some more progress.


Here is my storage bench i painted to be like space invaders for my arcade room. This room is so messy right now... i'm not exactly sure where i'm going to put my pinball cabinet.



Here are my Donkey Kong shelves i made to keep up my arcade theme.



Some of the gaming nick knacks





More updates to follow! ^.^

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16 minutes ago, Gwen said:

uggg.. ok i'll create an Imgur account. hold on.


ok does it work now?

Yes :)

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3 hours ago, Kibbelz said:

Or you could use the AGD filehost. Wither way i like what you've done.

The Wither way is to die in my Wither Farm so I can get Nether Stars. ;)

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Ok so I got some wood and started building the cabinet. My friend had a table saw, so i thought it might be easier, and I would get better cuts with the table saw, but it didn't work out that great. I would have been better doing it myself by hand. I ended up screwing up some measurements, and wasted a lot of wood. :4_joy:

Now i have to go buy some more wood.


I was able to build the back box. This is the top of the pinball table. It actually turned out pretty good. I need to putty some spots where the wood splintered, and to fill in some small gaps to make it totally smooth, but overall not to bad.


Back. The center hole will have a piece of wood on a hinge to close like a door.









Here is all the wood for the cab... unfortunately two of the largest pieces are bad.



Here are my gaming tins. Camera didn't take that great of a pic



Here they are with the lights off in the room.



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I know... I thought i had measured a few times, but I don't know what happened. I think converting my plans from mm to inches, then having to adjust some sizes to fit my larger TV, but forgetting to update some of the other matching sides, and just being out of my element and being at my friends house getting "help" got me all confuzzeled.


OH MY GOD this is expensive! I knew it was going to be expensive, but i didn't realize how expensive it was until I already jumped off the cliff. I probably could have got an older real pinball machine for the price I've dumped into this.


Thankfully i have some things that i was able to free from other sources, but I still need to dump some more money in to make this super awesome.


$319 - TV

$70 + more for screw up - Wood

$700 - rails, legs, bolts, buttons, plunger, digital plunger adapter, shipping


I still need to buy solenoids, LEDs, paint, solenoid controller relay, LED controller, upgrade my computer, other toys like shaker motor and fans. .

It's probably going to cost me about $12-1300 when I'm fully done, but i have enough right now to at least have something playable.



This is what i'm striving for. He talks a lot, so you might want to skip around if you are not that interested.


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Ok so new update...


I started building the cabinet, and got pretty far this weekend. It turned out pretty nice. I had to buy another sheet of plywood since i screwed up some pieces before... there was $30 down the drain :(






The "top". I had to do a weird 45 degree cut in the back to make it fit right. there was a gap that i didn't understand how they covered in the plans.



45 degree edge pieces. I am so happy with how these cuts came out. I have just a small gap that i had to fill with putty due to the wood separating when i tried screwing the pieces together. Not bad for hand cutting with a circular saw!


This is where the gap is I mentioned earlier. having a straight piece of wood would leave a giant chunk missing in the corner where the 45 cut is. some of my screws were a little close to the edge and split the wood a little, but nothing putty wont fix!



Test fitting the coin door. This is mostly cosmetic. The lights work, and opening the door is mostly to get to the inside of the cabinet, but it doesn't actually take coins.



Cabinet with the backbox



A little leg action



That's it for now. I still have a few more holes i need to drill for the buttons, and a little more sanding, and then I can paint it. It's looking really nice up close!

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