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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #560 on: December 13, 2016, 07:08:43 pm »
Recently finished my OND cab.  This is my first build and it took about three months to complete working primarily on weekends when time permitted.  I learned how to use a router on this project so there were more than a few mistakes made throughout the process!

Thanks to OND for sharing his plans and inspiring me to give this a shot.  Another big thanks to edge929 for sharing the details of his build.  This proved to be very helpful given that I based my build on his CP mod.
Nice work mate, looks great!

Thanks vaderag!  By the way, I saw your post about the marquee and thought I would share what I ended up doing.  I had some challenges here too and wasn't sure how I wanted to secure it to the cab.  I wanted easy access to the light behind it so I ended up buying floor tile edging (link provided), cut it to length (top and bottom) and secured them to the cabinet using industrial velcro.  Plexi fits perfectly between the two pieces and the velcro holds the edging in place really well.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polished-Chrome-Anodized-5-16-in-x-98-1-2-in-Aluminum-R-Round-Bullnose-Tile-Edging-Trim-H8711BDC98/206449090
Interesting... I'm struggling to picture it tho... Would you mind providing a close up pic? At the moment after spending nearly 30 on aluminium I'm not going to use I'm leaning towards the tape option!!

Sure thing....hope this clarifies what I was talking about


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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #561 on: December 14, 2016, 04:01:58 am »
Awesome, thank you!

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #562 on: July 13, 2017, 02:08:33 am »
Recently finished my OND cab.  This is my first build and it took about three months to complete working primarily on weekends when time permitted.  I learned how to use a router on this project so there were more than a few mistakes made throughout the process!

Thanks to OND for sharing his plans and inspiring me to give this a shot.  Another big thanks to edge929 for sharing the details of his build.  This proved to be very helpful given that I based my build on his CP mod.
Nice work mate, looks great!

Thanks vaderag!  By the way, I saw your post about the marquee and thought I would share what I ended up doing.  I had some challenges here too and wasn't sure how I wanted to secure it to the cab.  I wanted easy access to the light behind it so I ended up buying floor tile edging (link provided), cut it to length (top and bottom) and secured them to the cabinet using industrial velcro.  Plexi fits perfectly between the two pieces and the velcro holds the edging in place really well.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polished-Chrome-Anodized-5-16-in-x-98-1-2-in-Aluminum-R-Round-Bullnose-Tile-Edging-Trim-H8711BDC98/206449090
Interesting... I'm struggling to picture it tho... Would you mind providing a close up pic? At the moment after spending nearly 30 on aluminium I'm not going to use I'm leaning towards the tape option!!

Sure thing....hope this clarifies what I was talking about
That looks awesome

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #563 on: July 27, 2017, 08:13:33 pm »
Not making any promises or nothing, but I have a mind to repair this thread and maybe even take some ownership of it.  What? No. Really?  Yes.

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #564 on: July 28, 2017, 03:46:43 am »
Not making any promises or nothing, but I have a mind to repair this thread and maybe even take some ownership of it.  What? No. Really?  Yes.
Sounds like a promise to me ;)
Won't help me now (too far down the road) but sure anyone starting out Would appreciate it!

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #565 on: August 02, 2017, 05:18:11 am »
All step by step build images are now restored, now to fix up a few of my other project threads.....

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #566 on: August 02, 2017, 03:38:49 pm »
All step by step build images are now restored, now to fix up a few of my other project threads.....

 :cheers:

Ond
   OR.... Get your geezerwood out that lazyboy, and get back to work. :applaud:

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #567 on: August 03, 2017, 09:15:18 pm »
When I originally read thorough this, I was confused about the control panel.  If maintenance is needed on the electrical components, how is the control panel opened up?

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #568 on: August 04, 2017, 02:41:06 am »
When I originally read thorough this, I was confused about the control panel.  If maintenance is needed on the electrical components, how is the control panel opened up?
Yes, I still have this question!

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #569 on: August 04, 2017, 03:34:34 am »
Errrr.... Recessed hinges?
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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #570 on: August 04, 2017, 05:12:33 am »
Back when I was designing this one of my rules was to keep the woodwork as simple as possible while still having an attractive looking cabinet.  I wanted the control panel to have rounded edges at the front with printed vinyl wrapped over these curves.  If you check the build steps on page 5 you should be able to see that the CP can be accessed via cut-outs in the back CP panel and matching cut-outs in the cabinet.  In fact, the CP is secured to the cabinet with just a few bolts.  You could use cable connectors, undo the bolts and lift off the CP when needed to make adjustments. Optionally if you are more confident with woodwork you could use cabinet hinges as stigzler suggests and hinge the top panel for easier access.  On one of my arcade cabinet builds I've done exactly this, I have rolled off edges and a hinged top panel.  Installing recessed spring loaded cabinet hinges can be tricky (and easy to mess up).  Accessing the controls from inside the cabinet is fiddly but much simpler to build.  If you need to regularly adjust joystick restrictor plates or tweak your controls a fair bit, then by all means go with a hinged top panel.  I hope that clears things up.

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #571 on: August 04, 2017, 11:05:53 am »
Back when I was designing this one of my rules was to keep the woodwork as simple as possible while still having an attractive looking cabinet.  I wanted the control panel to have rounded edges at the front with printed vinyl wrapped over these curves.  If you check the build steps on page 5 you should be able to see that the CP can be accessed via cut-outs in the back CP panel and matching cut-outs in the cabinet.  In fact, the CP is secured to the cabinet with just a few bolts.  You could use cable connectors, undo the bolts and lift off the CP when needed to make adjustments. Optionally if you are more confident with woodwork you could use cabinet hinges as stigzler suggests and hinge the top panel for easier access.  On one of my arcade cabinet builds I've done exactly this, I have rolled off edges and a hinged top panel.  Installing recessed spring loaded cabinet hinges can be tricky (and easy to mess up).  Accessing the controls from inside the cabinet is fiddly but much simpler to build.  If you need to regularly adjust joystick restrictor plates or tweak your controls a fair bit, then by all means go with a hinged top panel.  I hope that clears things up.

Thanks. I'm yet to build my CP - I also am doing wrapped vinyl, so a hinged top panel won't work (due to the crease of the vinyl), and while I don't intend to have to change anything (I have servostik's so should sort themselves out), I do want access in case anything goes wrong...
I have the holes at the back exactly as you suggested but don't feel that is enough...

My plan (currently) i think is to actually jigsaw a hole in the bottom which clips or magnets on (or if i'm feeling adventurous do a recess similar to the back door on the cab), meaning if maintainence is required I simply unbolt and open

My concern here is that I feel (perhaps unwarrently) that there is perhaps reason to have bolt(s) in the bottom of the CP as well to stop it lifting up in vigorous play... not sure tho

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #572 on: August 04, 2017, 11:21:15 am »
I want this thread to stay alive too. My current status:
  • Cab completely built and working. Been gaming on it for months now and it's pretty awesome. Vertical LCD and CPO has RGB everything.
  • Custom artwork by Opt2Not is complete (AMAZING) and has been delivered though I have yet to send it to the printer. Working with this guy was such a pleasure. So prossional, skilled, creative.
  • User Mike Boss is building a custom MaLa layout for me and he's incorporated some of the custom art from Opt2Not. I've seen a preview and she's a beaut!
  • T-mold is here and ready for install after the artwork application.
Otherwise it's ready to go. Hope to have the finish product pics posted soon.

Thanks again to OND for the inspiration to jump in and learn this stuff. I'm already thinking about another cab with a horizontal CRT w/ custom Metal Slug theme, assuming that Opt2Not will work with me again. And thanks to everyone else that has contributed to this thread and to the forum in general. I certainly couldn't have done it with you'se guys.
I wish this guy would update us on his cab, but he went MIA. The artwork turned out awesome, I would have loved to see it applied to the cab.

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Re: Build an OND designed cab 'Metropolis'
« Reply #573 on: August 06, 2017, 08:37:12 pm »
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My plan (currently) i think is to actually jigsaw a hole in the bottom which clips or magnets on (or if i'm feeling adventurous do a recess similar to the back door on the cab), meaning if maintainence is required I simply unbolt and open

If I were you, I would just make the whole bottom removable (ie don't glue it).  That is, if you don't want hinges.  It seems stuff like taking the trackball out to clean it would be really hard through the back panel holes...

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« Reply #574 on: August 07, 2017, 03:35:43 am »
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My plan (currently) i think is to actually jigsaw a hole in the bottom which clips or magnets on (or if i'm feeling adventurous do a recess similar to the back door on the cab), meaning if maintainence is required I simply unbolt and open

If I were you, I would just make the whole bottom removable (ie don't glue it).  That is, if you don't want hinges.  It seems stuff like taking the trackball out to clean it would be really hard through the back panel holes...
This still has the vinyl problem tho, as the vinyl wraps round... Hence the thought of jigsawing a smaller hole (tho so much bigger than the small ones on the back)

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« Reply #575 on: August 07, 2017, 02:24:46 pm »
     If one was to go back to page 1, and the original design.... There is no reason not to raise the coindoor a bit and use traditional latches and hinges. although that would require a steel panel and may be beyond the scope of down and dirty DIY plans.

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« Reply #576 on: September 28, 2017, 04:28:49 pm »
Is the overall height of the cab sides 77 1/4"? Hard to tell based on the small image of the plans, but the step below it at the 76degree angle is listed at 77 14/32. That means the space between these two locations is 0.1875" vertically, and the image shows a much larger delta.

Thanks!

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« Reply #577 on: October 06, 2017, 04:45:34 am »
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My plan (currently) i think is to actually jigsaw a hole in the bottom which clips or magnets on (or if i'm feeling adventurous do a recess similar to the back door on the cab), meaning if maintainence is required I simply unbolt and open

If I were you, I would just make the whole bottom removable (ie don't glue it).  That is, if you don't want hinges.  It seems stuff like taking the trackball out to clean it would be really hard through the back panel holes...
This still has the vinyl problem tho, as the vinyl wraps round... Hence the thought of jigsawing a smaller hole (tho so much bigger than the small ones on the back)

Well, I've come up with a 'solution' to my control panel issue (sorta) -


I cut two more chunky holes in the bottom panel - this gives a fair bit of access and is big enough to get my trackball in, yet at the same time is concealed within the unit.

I'm not convinced I want to be connecting up all my parts through those holes, so am currently trying to be inventive about how I might connect this together (just posted another thread to that effect http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,155479.0.html), but on the whole I think this will work for maintenance access

  
 

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