Far as I know, I'm the first one to make a skeeball based on a real one. I've seen simple ramps with a 45 degree slope going into some holes, but that's about it. Nothing full sized like this, and I'm on a skeeball yahoo group as well. There has been several inquiries about making one (same as there has been on here), but to date I haven't seen anyone do it. Maybe this will open up a new aspect of arcade creation, who knows. The fellow I bought the display sections from wants one of the old fashioned grandma fortune tellers, and he's almost to the point of making one since he cannot locate one (and he used to work in an amusement park). Some games would work well for home building, others would be pointless (like the crane ones where you grab a prize).
I am trying to get as much done as possible as next Monday I start back on school classes. I am taking college classes online to finish up my degree, since I dropped out of college when I got married 9 years ago. Now, I'm 33 and only have a year left, so why not complete what I started? I've basically gone as far as I can with my skills work-wise, and having that degree has been holding me back. For the younger folks on here, finish your schooling first, then get married if you want to.
The only part that has T-molding on it is around the score, and I probably will. We do T-molding on our exhibits my work produces, so I know we have routers that will cut it, just doubt we have yellow though. The top of the ball-holder/ticket sections is covered with a large piece of yellow plastic, and the front will be done in metal like the older skeeballs have. Not sure if it will be stainless or aluminum, all depends on what I manage to scrounge up
If someone didn't have access to strong metal, you could take and put in a middle curved section for support then curve over 22/24 gauge aluminum that is sold at the local hardware store. It can be cut with snips easily and would act as a flashy covering. Give it the look of the real thing but not be expensive stainless (which is a real bugger to cut). You might even want to make it have stronger support on the curved ends if it might take abuse, as that thin metal will dent easily.UncletT:
Can you give me the inside dimensions on the marque/score section ? I just need the height from the bottom piece of wood to the top piece of wood. If you can't get it due to the metal bracket holding the marque/score, just the overall outside height will work as well. I will be cutting a new score section tonight with the 100 rings on it. Can you also shoot a closeup of the rubber/cork guard on one of the sides. Want to see what shape it is.