We've been working on a cabinet design over the summer, and finally have it pretty much CADed. The design is borrowed from the Vigolix with major modifications. We'll be building/assembling over the next few weeks. Before then though, we have a few questions.
Firstly, does anyone have any experience with stained wood as a finish? We were planning on using furniture grade Russian ply and staining the sides blue with a glossy finish (and possibly the control panel as well). We haven't seen any examples of stained cabinets other than natural wood colors, and were wondering if it would look good.
Next, we're having trouble deciding between two joysticks for our 4-way. We're hesitating between the Seimitsu LS-32 and the Pac-Man/Galaga. We don't have any experience with either and would be buying it blind, so any advice would be appreciated.
And lastly, to mount our Plexiglas, we were planning on using either double-sided tape or epoxy. Since we're painting the inside border of the plexi black, we were worried that epoxy might show through or remove the paint. That's why we've been leaning towards heavy-duty double-sided tape. Has anyone else used tape in their builds?
We're also still open to suggestions for the overall design. We'll update with more pictures as things develop
A few specs:
- 5'6" tall X 27.5" wide X 20" deep
- 7 buttons per player with Happ 8-way competitions
- Player 1 4-way joystick in the middle
- USB port for console controllers