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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #40 on: February 18, 2019, 03:37:27 am »
Hah, that's neat!

Reminds me of pinning the balsa parts directly onto the plans to build model airplanes.   :)

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2019, 08:27:05 pm »
Hah, that's neat!

Reminds me of pinning the balsa parts directly onto the plans to build model airplanes.   :)

I love using the 1:1 plans, apart from setting up cutting templates it lets me keep a quick visual check on parts I've cut.  BTW I didnít try to bend the aluminium strip to the shape but rather I let the metal stay under tension to produce it's own smooth curve.  A bit like a Bezier spline curve if you know what that is.

Here's the way the cutting panned out using this technique.  First I finished the rough cuts (leaving a quarter inch or so around the outline) with my jigsaw:


Next I flush trimed along my template using a half inch top bearing flush trim bit.  I bought this bit brand new for this project - cuts nice and sharp!


I flipped the template over to cut the other side.  I'd never get a smooth square cut like this using my jigsaw, especially this PHAT MDF:


Here's the finished piece so far.  I've also cut its twin out.  The photo makes it look wider at the top than it really is.


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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #42 on: February 26, 2019, 09:09:37 pm »
Moving along .... Today I cut one of the control panel supports (that's what I'm calling it).  Again using the shaped aluminum formed cutting templates:




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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2019, 07:32:32 pm »
I snuck in a few more cuts before it got too hot here today.  Now that's a chunky control panel!


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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2019, 08:12:50 pm »
How you manage to juggle 3 projects at once, especially at this level of precision is mind boggling.

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #45 on: February 27, 2019, 08:27:18 pm »
This is fun to watch.   :cheers:

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2019, 09:19:05 am »
OND putting out actual metalwork for templates and I can't even get to finish this :censored: cardboard model I've had in mind for over a year...

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2019, 12:09:45 am »
How you manage to juggle 3 projects at once, especially at this level of precision is mind boggling.

It might seem like a lot going on but the variety of things keeps me in the workshop, more so than if I just had the one project.  I walk in there and pick out the thing that interests me there and then.  By the end of the week I try to realize progress across all my projects.

This is fun to watch.   :cheers:

For my part it's also fun to work on straight up woodwork when I can.  Solving various design challenges is what I love about the hobby.  I suspect you do too.

OND putting out actual metalwork for templates and I can't even get to finish this :censored: cardboard model I've had in mind for over a year...

You can do it mate!  Get that cardboard model built.  Just rough it in with masking tape and an Exacto knife.  I LOVE cardboard mock-ups like Neph loves a good nuded up CRT.  They are just the best way to get a feel for ergonomics, playability etc. 

I got an early start this morning.  There was a strange, hazy, orange glow to everything as I worked outside.  Like the weather was letting me know some roasting hot torture was on the way.  I got to a certain point, and I'm sorry but it was just too damn hot.  I thought maybe I could make some progress on RoToron too, but the idea of climbing into my hazmat suit (for fibre glass work) for a steaming sweat bath just didn't push my buttons.  More than the usual pics to make up it for it.  :cheers:

Attaching the cutting template to form the second CP panel, the pencilled x's are to remind me NOT to route around those curved corners:


pre-drilling the holes in the CP before flush trim cutting with my router.  Here's a saftey tip:  Don't start the router and then lower the bit it into the button hole to cut. Position the router bit in the hole AND THEN start the router.  You risk seriously horrible things happening if you drop a spinning router bit into a tight space in timber.  If it so much as kisses any surface before you have it stable....well the results are scary and nasty.  There will be no post of OND (several years ago) throwing his router across his back yard in a blind screaming rage after doing just that...  :laugh2:


Here I'm marking out the exact height the control panel supports need to be to ensure the CP sits high enough to clear knees etc.


The control panels sit nice and square on the supports.  The depth dimensions for the cabinet (and thus the end panel sizing) will be worked out as I construct the cabinet.


After sticking down the 1:1 plan onto the top panel cutting template I rounded off the corners and then cut a rough cut-out with my jigsaw in the usual way.  I use a spray adhesive to coat the template.  After positioning the plan along one edge I smooth it onto the adhesive surface with my cork sanding block.  This works really well.


That's it.  The heat won and I headed for the fridge and a frosty pint of beer. Soon I'll be rounding all those edges as per the concept render. Tomorrow is another day.   :cheers:



« Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 08:22:44 am by Ond »

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #48 on: March 02, 2019, 09:17:57 am »
Really nice Ond.  I am jealous that you are complaining of the heat - I woke up to about 5" of snow this morning.  Ugh.

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2019, 12:14:27 am »
Really nice Ond.  I am jealous that you are complaining of the heat - I woke up to about 5" of snow this morning.  Ugh.

Thanks, javeryh, it's hard to get much done in either extreme isn't it?

I try and progress things in the cooler mornings each day.  The main cutting and routing is nearly done. 

Here's the template for the top panel attached to the MDF sheet for routing.


These nails positioned on the corners of the line drawing are to make reference holes in the panel which I'll use later as a guide for rebating a cut-out into the panel for the glass.


The growing pile of parts...now added to by the top panel.  This will also be rebated on its underside to fit CRT monitor and monitor bezel.  You can just see the monitor bezel positioned underneath the panel for reference.


Soon the rounding over of edges...soon.

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2019, 12:34:30 am »
Since you seem to be a router hound (me too), what are you using to make your rounded edges?  I had to use a round over bit on some pieces and use it as a template, but curious to know what your solution is?

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2019, 01:28:52 am »
Since you seem to be a router hound (me too), what are you using to make your rounded edges?  I had to use a round over bit on some pieces and use it as a template, but curious to know what your solution is?

I'm going to use a 5/8Ē round over bit with bearing (1/2Ē shank).  I'll set the penetration depth to use the full radius of the bit and then flush trim along all applicable edges (both sides) to achieve the curves as per the render concept.  Fairly straightforward really.  I like to use bits with ĹĒ shanks when possible.  They are just stronger than ľĒ and give me more confidence for heavy work like this.


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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #52 on: March 16, 2019, 09:38:17 pm »
Rounded off panels,  Iíll hold off rounding the main side panels until Iíve used them for curved forms.  More on that in the next post.


Cutting template for CP cut-out.


Steel plate CP insert for controls.


Quick test fit before committing to sealing it in.


Plate sealed in fiberglass after joystick bolts fitted.


Cleaned up CP after sanding/ bondo fill and initial primer coat.  Cut back hard to get everything nice and flush.


Beauty primer coats begin....  I'll cut an access hole for wiring through the rear edge and into the control cut-out.






« Last Edit: March 17, 2019, 04:04:44 am by Ond »

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #53 on: March 17, 2019, 08:43:06 am »
As always, that looks amazing. If you had a live web cam, I would probably watch that for hours. :) Incredible work!

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #54 on: March 17, 2019, 09:28:53 am »
As always, that looks amazing. If you had a live web cam, I would probably watch that for hours. :) Incredible work!

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Ditto.  I'm not a big video guy but if you had a Youtube channel I would subscribe. 

Excellent work.   :applaud:

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #55 on: March 17, 2019, 10:49:24 am »
Niiiice work... :)

Is that joystick hole big enough for the joystick to move?

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« Reply #56 on: March 17, 2019, 11:09:24 am »
Wow Ond... looks like it was made by a machine.  So smooth...   :applaud:

I'm also wondering if the joystick hole is wide enough but I'm sure you've thought of it.  So you are making 2 of these I assume?

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #57 on: March 17, 2019, 06:13:37 pm »
As always, that looks amazing. If you had a live web cam, I would probably watch that for hours. :) Incredible work!

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Ditto.  I'm not a big video guy but if you had a Youtube channel I would subscribe. 

Excellent work.   :applaud:

Thanks fellas, I could do some videos of stuff that might be useful.  I'll see what I can do.

Niiiice work... :)

Is that joystick hole big enough for the joystick to move?

Wow Ond... looks like it was made by a machine.  So smooth...   :applaud:

I'm also wondering if the joystick hole is wide enough but I'm sure you've thought of it.  So you are making 2 of these I assume?

Thanks guys, I'm getting closer to the look I visualised for this cabinet, as always itís all in the surface preparation before paint goes on.  The joystick hole is a close fit, probably too close once all the surface finish is done.  The test fit of the joystick was fine, with the stick clearing the hole when pushed in any direction but I'll enlarge it before paint goes on. I have to buy an additional hole cutter for metal.  The small hole did allow me to perfectly align the stick for bolt placement, so it's all good.  I am making two CPs, the other one is still at the pre-fiberglass stage (with steel plate fitted).

I've been teaching myself all there is to know about applying 3M Vinyl wrap.  That stuff is designed to adhere to a highly polished automotive paint finish so it should work really well on these panels.
  I've also come up with what I think is a cool (pun not intended) way to ventilate this cabinet. Airflow will be fan forced from the base plate of the cabinet using the biggest PC fan I can find, flow up around the base of the CRT tube and out underneath each CP.  The vents under each CP will double as speaker grills of a sort.  I'll concept that up in a render so you can all see what I'm on about.

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« Reply #58 on: March 17, 2019, 07:07:55 pm »
Great choice with the wrap, That will bring this up to the modern conceptual I would imagine you are going for...Heat rises, good use of physics, Jenn dont need to be spoon fed image cad to see awesome. ;)
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« Reply #59 on: June 20, 2019, 12:50:44 pm »
Any updates Ond?  Or is it the middle of winter and impossible to work?

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Re: Pac-Man Legion
« Reply #60 on: June 20, 2019, 07:21:40 pm »
Any updates Ond?  Or is it the middle of winter and impossible to work?

No updates javeryh.  I've been feeling a bit glum lately.  A few domestic issues and lousy weather.  I don't normally get much done on woodworking projects over Winter, it's difficult to work outside when it rains all the time and I have to rug up in ten layers just to stay warm.  But I've been thinking....I'd like to come out the other side of Winter with some progress on my projects.  Progress with anything is more about state of mind than the weather.

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« Reply #61 on: June 20, 2019, 07:47:58 pm »
Iím still going through my post Zapcon OND withdrawals.  Miss you bud, always looking forward to any updates, keeps us all inspired.

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« Reply #62 on: June 21, 2019, 02:46:15 am »
Don't feel bad about it, Ond.

Hang in there; it'll still be there when you are ready, and so will we.

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« Reply #63 on: June 21, 2019, 07:49:49 am »
Adversity I find is a driving force, The worse the weather is the harder I work, People hate on Jenn? Awesome, cause then I binge up a storm, Don't like to see anyone in a slump however cause life is much to short...That/Those machines you are building there Mr Ond are going to live on long after you are gone, a true testimony to the builder...Hope you can find some solice in that.

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« Reply #64 on: June 21, 2019, 09:07:54 am »
Any updates Ond?  Or is it the middle of winter and impossible to work?

No updates javeryh.  I've been feeling a bit glum lately.  A few domestic issues and lousy weather.  I don't normally get much done on woodworking projects over Winter, it's difficult to work outside when it rains all the time and I have to rug up in ten layers just to stay warm.  But I've been thinking....I'd like to come out the other side of Winter with some progress on my projects.  Progress with anything is more about state of mind than the weather.

I hear you.  Even though it is technically summer where I am (NJ) it feels like it has been raining for a month.  Hard to get anything done and it can really affect your mood.  Hang in there.   :cheers: