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Grheault

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Building my first Arcade
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:43:25 pm »
For years i've wanted my own arcade that could just fit in the living room and act like a furniture...you know, something classy :p

So i did a bit of research and did 3D model to see what i would like the most


so i end up with this result even if i liked the second and third one from the left (the circles on top are speaker).


With those joystick
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00WAY9848/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've try to take the less space possible and i was able to make it fit in two sheet of plywood


Next step is to build it...hope it goes well  ;D

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 01:45:37 pm »
If you want a classy, furniture inspired build then search for Knievel's Slim Woody cabinet.  Totally sexy build and very classy.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 04:01:55 pm »
The second one from the left is a really nice looking design.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 06:03:42 pm »
I am not a fan of the marquee - I think it needs to be a bit bigger. 

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 08:10:18 pm »
#2 and #3 get my vote....

dont do the swinging front door, it's a pain to keep latched, magnets get weak etc.
   

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2017, 11:28:54 pm »
#2 would be a work of art but the hardest to build :applaud:
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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 01:50:47 pm »
Thanks everyone, yeah number 2 was also my favorite but considering that i've never done that before, i'll wait for my next arcade to do something like that

Small update.


One thing for sure, next time i'm not buying 1/2'' plywood...

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 07:31:46 pm »
Why is your marquee made of wood?
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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 10:08:16 pm »
Why is your marquee made of wood?

Wood is for coffee tables and George Washingtn's teeth! In OPs case, it may be a subdued look they're going for as one of the reference photos has a wood marquee area.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 09:30:19 am »
   Not as easy as it looks right? (Jennifer laughs) I like the overall concept.... If that was mine, I would take it apart again, and template a sides and bottom onto 3/4" inch ply and then rabbit the back edge  1/2" and use the 1/2"ply as the back piece (that's common as weight saving) and the same with the bottom, This will give you a nice strong base project that will have enough meat to cut a slot for the T moulding, And possibly shorten that shelf a bit from the back to allow for airflow and cabling.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 03:43:36 pm »
Since it was a  :censored: to bring two full plywood sheet on my car's roof, i'll try to continue with that...and yeah it not that easy. Don't care, i have fun and worst case i'll buy MDF and redo the whole thing

1/2 inch is look tick enough for t-moulding. Don't know how it will look at the end, but we'll see

Why is your marquee made of wood?

Wood is for coffee tables and George Washingtn's teeth! In OPs case, it may be a subdued look they're going for as one of the reference photos has a wood marquee area.

Yeah, i want to try to dye the plywood to see what it look like.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 04:03:05 pm »
Since it was a  :censored: to bring two full plywood sheet on my car's roof, i'll try to continue with that...and yeah it not that easy. Don't care, i have fun and worst case i'll buy MDF and redo the whole thing

1/2 inch is look tick enough for t-moulding. Don't know how it will look at the end, but we'll see

Why is your marquee made of wood?

Wood is for coffee tables and George Washingtn's teeth! In OPs case, it may be a subdued look they're going for as one of the reference photos has a wood marquee area.

Yeah, i want to try to dye the plywood to see what it look like.

MDF isn't very fun and takes a lot of work to get a good finish IMO. I am using it for a build now and it's no treat.

If you're thinking of dye, be careful about prep. Some play doesn't take stain very evenly and can look patchy. There are conditioners that can alleviate the problem though. Also don't rule out tinted poly as another alternative to dye.

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Re: Building my first Arcade
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 08:28:57 pm »
   I would have to agree with Morton on MDF, the big book of games seems to push it however so I will keep my mouth shut on that subject.... Carrying anything on your cars roof seems like a really bad idea, much less full sheets of wood, maybe borrow a trailer or pickup next time and use this as a learning kind of thing. As for the stain, this would require some planning before the fact, #1, Keep the construction very strait and use a very minimum of the appropriate wood filler (utilizing the sawdust from the wood you are using) #2, don't scratch it all up during construction (work on clean plastic, or rags) #3, test your finish on paint stick samples and decide what you want before you just go splashing it on. (*Hint for a really light finish you can clear it first, and that brings up the grain, than float your finish over it lightly and clear again) 

  
 

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