Building a second cocktail table. Details in a post at the end of this thread here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,118297.msg1344298.html#msg1344298
Details on the first cocktail table I built:
Well I can say I'm almost done... Only things left to do are mount a service and test switch inside the coin door and order me some custom control panel artwork. I wanted to see what the cab would look like before designing the artwork (and button color combination). The blue and yellow buttons are just stand ins until I figure out what to use to match the control panel artwork. Here is the pics.
You can see the white maple is a lot brighter than the original walnut colored sides
and it is heavily contrasted with the black t-molding, speaker grills, coin door and control panel
Player 1 control panel with red bubble top awaiting artwork. I had to have the stock JLW shafts shortened by 3/4" since there are no short shaft options. Infact I could not find any short shaft joysticks that use the 2.6"x3" (66..x76mm) bolt pattern. Luckily I have access to a full machine shop.
The refurbished coin door I bought at the 11th hour. Gotta love original hardware. You can see how light the wood really is. The veneer even shows some chatoyance at the right angles.
I scrapped the idea of using a vesa mount because after decasing the monitor the LCD panel was not strong enough to support its own weight and would sag away from the table top. Also you can see the flourscent lights used to illuminate the control panel. Also works good to light the box when I need to work inside. Also the spring can be seen that can hold the lid open when needed.
Not having a CRT monitor leaves lots of space inside the box. Wires on the bottom right just hanging there are for the service and test switches yet to be mounted. That 1 6x9 speaker really thumps inside this empty box. A lot of bass for ~10 watts!
I slotted the holders for the frosted plexi. You can also see the molex connectors that I like and everyone hates. I like the fact that they are hard to take apart. Don't want nothing coming loose when I'm going for the kill screen!
My custom bezel. I ended up sanding and painting it twice because I put a screw through it when mounting the flourscent lights! live and learn...
Here is an updated pic of the control panel with the artwork applied.