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Author Topic: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Time.  (Read 41936 times)

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Back in November I bought a Golden Tee Fore 2005 PCB, hard drive, and control panel.  I built my own wiring harness and stuck it in my MAME cabinet.  It played great, but swapping harnesses back and forth was a PITA. 

I enjoy this game enough to want to have a dedicated cabinet for it.  So, I decided to build my own cabinet to put the PCB in.  I've bought all the materials and also a Betson 27" multisync monitor that will display the EGA resolution of Golden Tee.

I have also bought the Golden Tee Complete upgrade which will put all the courses from 2002-2005 on the hard drive.  I am waiting to install the upgrade until I get the new cabinet built.

This is kind of a difficult cabinet to measure, so luckily I found some pre-made plans here:

http://www.brianmerry.com/

And when I'm done it should look like this:
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2006, 09:34:29 pm »
I printed the plans out 1:1 on my wide format printer so that I can just lay them on the material and cut along the lines.  I'm building this out of 3/4" MDF.  From the images below you can see that I roughly cut the pieces out  bigger than they will end up and then I go back and cut the pieces exact.  It took me about an hour tonight to tape down the templates and cut the pieces. 
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 09:35:59 pm »
Here are the base piece and the upper "golf ball" piece for one side.  I cut the straight edges of the base piece with a circular saw and guide bar.  The curves of the base piece and all of the top piece were cut freehand with a jigsaw.  I will use these as a template to cut the other side using a router and a pattern cutting bit.
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006, 09:36:52 pm »
Here are both pieces again.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2006, 09:51:19 pm »
Well look at you, you baby gorilla.  Looks good.  I'll PM my addy, and I am willing to pay shipping. ;D

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2006, 11:03:05 pm »
Looks good....

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006, 11:13:31 pm »
I think Mark is more of a "True Genius" than his title lets on....

It appears as if he has figured out how to clone himself!

I'd ask you for your secret, but it may be better if I just ask you how much it would cost to buy one of your clones.  :)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2006, 11:20:56 pm »
I think Mark is more of a "True Genius" than his title lets on....

It appears as if he has figured out how to clone himself!

I'd ask you for your secret, but it may be better if I just ask you how much it would cost to buy one of your clones.  :)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2006, 06:07:28 am »
[In my best SmashTV voice...]

BINGO!.  I------- like it!

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2006, 07:40:41 am »
Mark, Please post the details as far as hooking up that kit, what it entailed, and anything that someone doing that for the first time might want to consider.  I've always considered doing exactly what you are, but I'm a little nervous as far as figuring out the arcade end of it is concerned.  I don't know the grey area if you will.  BTW, I'm locked out of Purgatory at work, so you'll probably have fifty replies in this thread. ;)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2006, 08:34:19 am »
Cool, watching with interest. 

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2006, 12:39:21 pm »
Do you have the full plans?  Site says his HD crashed and he has a backup, which sounds/looks like the base.  If you've got the full plans, shoot them to me please.  I think you should still have my e-mail address.  Save the lemonparty pics for McCoy though.  I don't even care if that IS his grandpa!
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2006, 12:43:58 pm »
Do you have the full plans?  Site says his HD crashed and he has a backup, which sounds/looks like the base.  If you've got the full plans, shoot them to me please.  I think you should still have my e-mail address.  Save the lemonparty pics for McCoy though.  I don't even care if that IS his grandpa!


The problem with the plans is that there is only one measurement that's actually given in inches.  What I had to do was scale the plans up in Illustrator so that the 40" measurement is actually 40" on page.  Then I can export to Photoshop and use the measure tool to measure the other parts. 

If somebody can make sense of all the numbers in those plans, please let me know.  It doesn't appear to me that any of the numbers are actual measurements.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2006, 12:06:35 am »
Opening them in Coreldraw looks perfect with the exception of a few dims not showing up because the text boundary box is too small.  Ungrouping and changing the box shows the text no problem.  Oh and the fractions are missing the slash.

EDIT: Here is one of the 7 views.
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2006, 01:25:14 am »
Will that's awesome!!!  I guess the text boxes are all too small on mine because all those measurements just look like 1 number.  For example, the 28-3/8 measurement where the monitor goes just shows up on mine as "2"

I'll see if I can get the boxes open tomorrow.  If not, I may see if you can help me out.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2006, 11:39:22 am »
Sure, no problem, if you need all of the views I can send them to you.  It's looking great btw.
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2006, 11:31:27 pm »
Sure, no problem, if you need all of the views I can send them to you.  It's looking great btw.

Would you mind sending the views to me?  They don't come out in Illustrator.  I'll PM you my e-mail addy.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2006, 07:22:27 pm »
Thanks to Nannuu for converting the plans for me into something much easier to use.  When this is all over, I will make a cutting template for all the pieces on 3 sheets of 49"x97" mdf sheets.

I have cut all the pieces and will prime them tonight.  I feel certain that painting the pieces before assembling the cab is going to be the best option.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2006, 07:25:37 pm »

Another project? Where the heck are you putting all these machines Mark?? :)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2006, 08:23:26 pm »

Another project? Where the heck are you putting all these machines Mark?? :)


We closed in the garage on our house and made it a utility room.  I get the north wall.  ;)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2006, 12:06:19 am »
Sounds like a good plan..things are getting tight around our place.
I'm waiting on the kids to move out of here. The day they do I'm going to knock out the wall between their bedrooms and fill the whole area with aracde goodness.

Shouldbe only another 18 years or so. :)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2006, 10:59:41 am »
Sounds like a good plan..things are getting tight around our place.
I'm waiting on the kids to move out of here. The day they do I'm going to knock out the wall between their bedrooms and fill the whole area with aracde goodness.

Shouldbe only another 18 years or so. :)

14 years on this end.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2006, 04:36:26 pm »
Sounds like a good plan..things are getting tight around our place.
I'm waiting on the kids to move out of here. The day they do I'm going to knock out the wall between their bedrooms and fill the whole area with aracde goodness.

Shouldbe only another 18 years or so. :)

14 years on this end.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2006, 02:21:33 pm »
All the pieces are painted and I'm ready for assembly.


I have a question/problem:  How best to mark/mount the monitor.  I had planned to mount the monitor to 4 L-brackets which will be bolted through the outside of the sides.  I'm not sure how to get everything measured to make sure that it all lines up.  Any suggestions?

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2006, 02:41:45 pm »
All the pieces are painted and I'm ready for assembly.


I have a question/problem:  How best to mark/mount the monitor.  I had planned to mount the monitor to 4 L-brackets which will be bolted through the outside of the sides.  I'm not sure how to get everything measured to make sure that it all lines up.  Any suggestions?

Attach it to a piece of masonite (mebbe it's called tempered hardboard by you) that's as wide as the opening, and as tall as the brackets. 

Drop that into the opening with a level in the middle.  Get the wife to help you if possible (you may need to screw two gate handles or something to hold onto this onto the face of the masonite for her to hold onto). *edit* does anyone else see a way I can fit the word "onto" in here any dang more? ::)

From the backside, screw them into the side of your cab with a little finish screw (mebbe a half-inch wood screw or something), and then remove the masonite.

Now that you don't need her help anymore, tell the wife to fetch you a beer, you've got man-work to finish up.

Now mark the positioning of the brackets on the inside in case things slip out of place.

Removing one screw at a time, drill a hole for a bolt, install it, and move on to the next hole.  Use your masonite to check for level as you go.

When you're done, drop the monitor in there, and tell the wife to fetch you another beer. 

Snug everything down, and tell the wife "ain't you glad you married a man who's so dang handy around his section of the house?  Now get me a beer sugar, and be hasty about it"
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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2006, 03:51:02 pm »
I have a question/problem:  How best to mark/mount the monitor.  I had planned to mount the monitor to 4 L-brackets which will be bolted through the outside of the sides.  I'm not sure how to get everything measured to make sure that it all lines up.  Any suggestions?

This has been the pain with my cab. It is all wierd angles and measurments at this point. And worse is when you try to get the bezel / glass concept going.

for mine I built the frame you saw out of l cornered aluminum and is held in place with 4 1/4 in bolts. BTW this seems to be holding great with no signs of bolt stress. I used the frame as my guide. I had predrilled the frame. I got some clamps and found the height that I wanted for the bottom. I clamped across to hold that position. Then for the top part of the frame I used another clamp but hung it from the top I checked for level and then drilled the bottom holes. Once I had bolts in place I removed the bottom clamps and checked for level at the top. Drilled, bolted, and told my wife to get me a beer. Once she slapped me and I picked myself off the floor, I told her that Drew made me say it.

The problem with the laid back monitor thing is that the angles are decieving and you would swear things are level when they are not. What are you doing for your bezel and Glass?
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I'll use a Happ 27" bezel and I'll get somebody to cut me some glass.  I wouldn't be as worried if I weren't having to put bolts through the outside of the cabinet.

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That's why I suggest the masonite "jig".  You can set a level right on the darn thing and not have to be deceived. 

I think that's why his wife jacked him up.  He farted around so much, she thought he was getting back at her for when she was moving the furniture and he got frustrated at the "now a little to the right...no...no...a touch to the left.....no, nevermind, just put it in the corner at a 45" ;)

Mark, that's why I suggest throwing a trim screw in there, then ADDITIONALLY, tracing the frame.  That way, if something gets out of whack, you've still got that outline to show you the way. 
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As painful as it is to say, I agree with Drew's suggestion. It is a sound plan :)

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Then I shall execute the plan with military-like precision.

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Then I shall execute the plan with military-like precision.

Why do I get the feeling Barney Fife would be laughing at you when you're done? ;)
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Then I shall execute the plan with military-like precision.

Why do I get the feeling Barney Fife would be laughing at you when you're done? ;)

I should amend my statement to say, "I shall execute the plan with Barney Fife-like precision."

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DAMN!!!  This is an ambitious project.  There are so many angles and round parts, and hidden parts, and incorrect plans, and enough issues for me to wonder if I lost my mind making this one.

Having said all that, progress is moving right along.  It will not be 100% authentic as the plans I used had the wrong size golf ball sides, but it doesn't seem to affect the overall look of the cabinet.

I had to go to our local arcade twice today to take some measurements of their Golden Tee which is when I found out the internet plans are not quite right.

I have also made multiple trips to Home Depot.  I forgot how expensive it is to build one of these from scratch with all new parts.  By the time I get finished it will have been cheaper to buy a used one.  However - this one will look magnificent and have a brand new monitor, so it will be as close to new as possible.

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What's wrong with the golf ball sides?

If it's that the dimples won't look right on the golf ball, I've got a pic of a lady at the bus stop in a pink tarp mumu and I bet her leg dimples will work. 

Now where's that :puke smiley?
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What's wrong with the golf ball sides?

They are larger than the original cabs.  I'm not going to sweat it as I have already mounted them to the base.

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Hey when you are done, you should get one of those golf ball stickers, you know the ones, it has a half real golf ball and the sticker looks like broken glass. Put it on an upper corner, out of the way of the monitor. I really hate these things on cars but I think it would be funny on an arcade machine.
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What's wrong with the golf ball sides?

They are larger than the original cabs.  I'm not going to sweat it as I have already mounted them to the base.

So you've got elephantitis of the cab balls ;)

Is it too big top to bottom, or too big front to back?  Since it's not a complete ball, and is really only a cab side, it seems like it should be pretty easy to scale down properly (although it's silly for you to do so since yours are already cut out)
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What's wrong with the golf ball sides?

They are larger than the original cabs.  I'm not going to sweat it as I have already mounted them to the base.

So you've got elephantitis of the cab balls ;)

Is it too big top to bottom, or too big front to back?  Since it's not a complete ball, and is really only a cab side, it seems like it should be pretty easy to scale down properly (although it's silly for you to do so since yours are already cut out)

They are an inch too tall and about 2-3" too deep.  No biggy, it still looks nice.

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Okay, after painting the pieces, I assembled the base cabinet.

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Before attaching the top "golf ball" pieces, I used a template to mark where the speaker panel, back panel, and top panel would go.  I scored the outlines with a utility knife to make it easy to see and place.

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At this point, I had no idea what the best way to join the top pieces to the base cabinet would be.  I had initially considered attaching the speaker, back, and top panels to each golf ball side before attaching the whole assembly to the base - BUT - I attached each side individually by clamping them in place and then screwing the base and top together using 1-1/4" #6 fine drywall screws.  These seem to work well in MDF without tearing it apart too bad.

I can't guarantee that the sides match up perfectly, but they are very, very close.  This cabinet is hard to line up because there are a lot of curves.

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Notice in these pics that I attached furring strips to the sides that I could then attach the speaker, back, and top panels to.  I decided not to glue these three panels in in case I need to remove them later for access to the speaker and/or marquee.

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One thing the plans had WRONG was where the golf ball panels attached to the base cabinets.  After looking at a factory GT machine, it was apparent that the front of the golf ball should be FLUSH with the cutout for the control panel box.

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Next I mounted the speaker and marquee light fixture to their respective panels BEFORE installing them in the cabinet.  This is MUCH easier than trying to mount them later once the cabinet is assembled.

The speaker is a 6"x9" Bob Roberts special and the light fixture is a Home Depot $8.95 18" fluorescent (under the cabinet) fixture.

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Here is the back of the cabinet top. 

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One of the next problems I found with the plans was an incomplete parts diagram for the Control Panel box.  I feel like the factory box is cutout on bottom to allow you to reach up from the coin door to release the latches.  I went ahead and made the bottom solid and cut out a hole for the wiring in the front support.  Then I laid the CP top in to make sure everything lined up properly.

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Here is how the cabinet looks at the point when I got too tired to continue.  I have also made a picture showing what I believe is the oversize area of the golf ball panels.

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thats an AWESOME control panel

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That looks great Mark!  What are you going to use for a speaker grill and where are you getting it from?

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That looks great Mark!  What are you going to use for a speaker grill and where are you getting it from?

To be determined.  8)

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Holy moses, I never noticed that the top curvey part of GT cabs was supposed to be a golf ball.  :P

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thats an AWESOME control panel

It's an original control panel I bought off of ebay.  I replaced the buttons and trackball.

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I agree...have you ever noticed just how nicely made the GT control panels are?  Those things can take an absolute beating and still look great...

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Holy moses, I never noticed that the top curvey part of GT cabs was supposed to be a golf ball.  :P

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Ah....

....now I see where my 27" Happs bezel donation is going.

I'm pleased to have been able to contribute to this project seeing as its been sitting idle for so many moons and deserves a home besides the back wall behind my cab.

And such a fine home at that.

Keep up the good work!


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I worked all day on this bad boy.  I've got the monitor brackets installed where they actually fit the monitor mounting holes (hey how 'bout that?).  \

I was able to successfully install the GT FORE COMPLETE upgrade.  This entailed changing a security chip on the PCB, hooking up a CD-ROM drive to the motherboard, connecting the on-board modem to a landline, and running the install program off the CD.  First two times failed due to an incompatible CD-ROM drive.  I attached a different drive and it worked lickety-split.

I installed the PCB, hard drive, and power supply into the cabinet.  I installed the power surge protector and marquee.  Due to the incorrect plan measurements I had to do some creative rigging to make the marquee look good, and it looks great now.  The speaker is connected to the PCB and I have play tested the controls with the monitor on the floor.  Tomorrow (later today, actually) I have to unscrew the screws holding the monitor brackets and replace them with 1/4-20 bolts that go completely through the sides.  If I can catch my dad during his lunch break I'll get him to help me mount the monitor.

Should be complete with everything but the speaker grill and bezel by tonight.  If I can catch Steve after work, I'll get the monitor bezel installed as well.

I'll post detailed photographs on the monitor installation using DrewKaree's bracket mounting method when the cabinet is finished.  I highly suspect I may get delayed a day or two if I get started playing this sucker again.  ;D

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Mark, did that method work out well for you, or did you have to customize it some more for your bracket installation?
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Mark, did that method work out well for you, or did you have to customize it some more for your bracket installation?

It worked great.  Instead of using my wife to hold it, I just screwed in some furring strips to screw the hardboard to.  That way it was locked in place and I could screw in the brackets without worrying about her moving it.  I'll post some great pics of this as soon as I get some sleep.  I worked on the cab until 5 this morning and I got up at 8:45.  :P

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On a golf game note... it seems that the Happ TB at least in my cab does not perform that well for golf games.  If I give it a good spin it seems to hesitate a bit and the resulting spin is weak at best.  Is there a trick to make the TB's work good for golf games?

How does your TB perform?

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I QUIT.   :angry:

I bench-tested everything last night and it worked perfectly.  I installed the monitor in the cabinet and now it won't power up.  I have pulled it back out and checked everything that is obvious and the monitor just won't power up.  NOTHING.  No clicking, smoking, blinking, nothing.  It's like it's not even plugged in (but it is, I swear).

The project is on hold until I can get the monitor working again. 

There are no words to adequately express my frustration at the moment.

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I'm sorry man.

Probably a stupid question. But, My monitor has a connector for power right near the board, if yours has one didga check that. Fuses?
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I QUIT.   :angry:

I bench-tested everything last night and it worked perfectly.  I installed the monitor in the cabinet and now it won't power up.  I have pulled it back out and checked everything that is obvious and the monitor just won't power up.  NOTHING.  No clicking, smoking, blinking, nothing.  It's like it's not even plugged in (but it is, I swear).

The project is on hold until I can get the monitor working again. 

There are no words to adequately express my frustration at the moment.


Damn monitor  >:( :angry: :hissy:  :cry:

Sorry to hear about that markvp, I hope you get it resolved soon, I can't wait to see this cab in it's finished state.

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I've got to take the monitor back to Betson in Dallas.  They estimate about 2 weeks to repair it.  :'(

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That's weird.  Did it get 'knocked' between the bench and the cab?

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No knocking that I know of.  It's very weird and upsetting.  I took the afternoon off and returned the monitor to Betson in Dallas.  Hopefully they'll get it fixed ASAP, but I expect about 2 weeks.

On the way back from Dallas, SteveJ34 met me alongside I20 to bring me the Happ 27" bezel.  I really appreciate him doing that.

Thanks Steve!!!

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I called Betson today and they say the monitor is fixed.  It's going to cost $97.50 to repair bad solder joints and a bad cap, all on a 3-1/2 month-old monitor.  >:(

I'll go pick it up in the morning.

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I called Betson today and they say the monitor is fixed.  It's going to cost $97.50 to repair bad solder joints and a bad cap, all on a 3-1/2 month-old monitor.  >:(

I'll go pick it up in the morning.

You are kidding me!??   Don't they have a one year warranty on it?  My Betson is about the same age as yours.

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Okay, a quick e-mail exchange with my Betson sales rep has gotten the repair under warranty.  Let's hope it stays that way when I get there in the morning.

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I just got back with it.  I'll fire it up tonight.

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Don't forget to plug it in.

Huh?   ???

What do you mean "plug it in?"  Is that some kewl internets speak?

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No Mark, you should try it.  All teh kewl kids are doing it.  It might even fix the problem with your cab ;)
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Hey, you guys were right.  It works a lot better plugged in.  In fact, I just played 18 holes of golf.  :cheers:

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Hopefully I can post some late tonight.

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The harpal tunnle from playin so much golf has made MarkRVP unable to post pictures.

Is harpal tunnel where you take someone's money for pictures and never post them?
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lol Drew it is now my goal to read every post you make.  :laugh2:

Even though I'm not a golf fan that cab is lookin sweet. The project announcement forum is a great place to steal borrow ideas. Good stuff!  :cheers:



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lol Drew it is now my goal to read every post you make.  :laugh2:
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His stuff is too funny.  By the way what constitutes a stalker??? The fact that I have his name tattooed across my hairy chest???
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oh crap, Drew's got a stalker.
By the way what constitutes a stalker??? The fact that I have his name tattooed across my hairy chest???

Now that was spit milk through nose funny.

Ok Mark, we have been waiting here for 9 hours. I haven't left. Need to take a leak. Need food, but I can't leave because you might just post this picture. But alas I realise that you are probably playing GT, yelling FORE!!! Scaring the cat. Well...Fine then. I'm gonna go... you'll see...ok...I'm going...really... here I go...

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You cannot rush a good pic.  It may be tomorrow.  I'm painting the "hard to get to" crevices and applying T-molding right now.  I also bought a brand new CP plexi overlay from Incredible Technologies.  It's the one that is screen printed right on the plexi.  I'm about to go photograph it so we'll have it for the art library.

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Well  :censored:

I unpacked the CP overlay plexi and something's wrong with it.  It looks like it's supposed to be no-glare plexi, but the end result is that the graphics are fuzzy (not focused).   :cry:

I'm going to have to send this one back and get a new one.  :banghead:
Son of a  :censored:   If I ever get this cabinet all put together and working at the same time it will be a miracle.

I've posted some shots below.  The first is a full shot of the overlay.  The second shot is a close-up of the GT logo where you can see better how it's fuzzy.  The third pic is a comparison of the CP and the side decals I got so that you can see it's not the photography that's out of focus, and the 4th shot is of the side decals.

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You cannot rush a good pic.


Liar.

If I were running by Liv Tyler's bedroom window and snapped a hasty shot as she was gettin' nekkid and was able to post it, you know darn good and well you'd be on it like stink on missioncontrol!


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If you'da said you shaved my name in your butt hair, I'd be worried, but for a whole slew of different reasons ;)

Then I'm not sayin' nuthin'.

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If you'da said you shaved my name in your butt hair, I'd be worried, but for a whole slew of different reasons ;)

Then I'm not sayin' nuthin'.

You shouldn't have sent me the pic of the tattoo so you'd remember how to spell it.  You're double the stalker I don't need.
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Okay, so where I left off with the pics is at the place where we need to mount the monitor hardware.   The original GT game had carriage bolts going completely through the cabinet sides that held a square iron bar for the monitor to mount to.  I didn't want to weld a square bar, so I decided to use 3" L-brackets.  I measured where the mounting holes on the monitor frame are located and drilled a matching hole in the brackets accordingly.

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The brackets above are sitting on hardboard which I bought to make a template of the monitor mounting frame.  Based on the method Drewkaree suggested, I printed a template of the monitor tube and mounting frame with the mounting holes.  I cut the hardboard to fit the printed template and taped the template to the board.

Notice that I also printed centerlines on the template to make centering the board in the cabinet opening easy.

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In order to mount the template in the center of the cabinet opening I measured the distance back from the front of the cabinet where the mounting frame needs to go.  I drew a line parallel to the cabinet front edge.  I then drew a center line perpendicular to that to line up with the centerline printed on the template.  I also screwed two furring strips along that line to screw the hardboard template to.  Screwing the template board to the furring strips will hold it in place so I can position and screw in the L-brackets.

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Before mounting the template board to the furring strips, I first attached the 4 L-brackets to the template board.

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Then I aligned the centerline on the template board with the centerline on the cabinet and screwed the template board to the furring strips.

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Now you can see that the L-brackets attached to the template board are held where they need to be bolted to the cabinet.  I used 1-1/4" drywall screws to screw the brackets to the cabinet side.  The reason I used these screws is so I can make sure the monitor aligns with the brackets before drilling the 1/4" holes all the way through the cabinet for the carriage bolts.

Once I screwed all the brackets into the cabinet sides, I removed the template board from the brackets and unscrewed and removed the furring strips.

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I also decided to put in a monitor shelf that was just deep enough to let the monitor sit on.  This makes it possible for one person to set the monitor up on the shelf and then lean it back on the brackets.  It also provides insurance in case the brackets fail.  Here are two shots of the shelf from above and below.

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Once I verified that the mounting holes in the monitor mount lined up with the L-brackets, I removed the 1-1/4" drywall screws one at a time.  Each time I removed one, I drilled a 1/4" hole in it's place and installed a 1/4"-20 carriage bolt.  Doing these one at a time insured that the brackets did not move.

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Here is the monitor mounted from the front.  The monitor frame is held to the brackets with 1" long 1/4"-20 bolts.

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Originally I assembled the cabinet floor so that the casters would give the cabinet 1/2" to 3/4" clearance from the floor.  Unfortunately, the carpet compresses that much.  So, I removed the casters and added 3/4" boards under the cabinet and re-drilled the carriage bolt holes.  Now the cabinet bottom clears the carpet, but it is not too high.

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I covered the monitor with newspaper so I could do some touch-up painting.  After painting I installed the white and black T-molding.

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Here is the cab with the monitor, bezel, and T-molding installed.  I still need to mount the front door (which will open with European hinges) and return the CP overlay and get one that is sharp.  I also need to get glass to cover the monitor, but I am very close to being completely finished.

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Well I just played 54 holes of golf and I'm tired.  About halfway through I looked down and thought, "holy cow, I've got my own Golden Tee Fore cabinet!"  This rocks.  :notworthy:

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Congrats!  It looks fantastic! :applaud:















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I had never seen a Golden Tee in the arcades. Yours looks fantastic! :)

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Well, I sent the pics of the CP overlay plexi to ITS and the salesman went and looked at some others.  He said they all look the same.  That's just the way it will look because of the plexi finish.

He offered to exchange mine, but he said it will look exactly the same.

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That wasn't the answer I had hoped for.

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Is that how they look in the arcades (bars, rather)?  Or do they use an actual overlay?

Looks great!  Didn't expect you awake at this hour, lol.

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The original conversions used a screen printed overlay which was just inserted under clear plexi.  The only issue with clear plexi is that it glares.  The new ones use a no-glare (read blurry) plexi overlay with the artwork attached permanently from underneath.  I have seen some that look better than the one I got, but this is a discontinued game, so they probably aren't too worried about future production runs.

Having said all that, the sales people at Incredible Technologies have been the friendliest, most helpful bunch I have dealt with.

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Sounds like with all the problems that you've had, you better scrap the project and send it my way.  Sorry to hear about that.  I'll try to find a good use for it. :applaud:

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Sounds like with all the problems that you've had, you better scrap the project and send it my way.  Sorry to hear about that.  I'll try to find a good use for it. :applaud:

Go stand by your mailbox until it arrives.  Don't ever leave the mailbox, as I've instructed USPS to only deliver it if someone is at the mailbox.  It could be anytime 24 hours a day, so pack a thermos.  ;D

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Um, hi.  This is Ben's wife.  I don't know what you told him, but he won't come back inside.  I don't really have a problem with his obsession, but this isn't funny.  If you could straighten this out, I would be greatly appreciative.

P.S.  We are very excited about getting that broken Golden Tee machine.  Thanks again.

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Um, hi.  This is Ben's wife.  I don't know what you told him, but he won't come back inside.  I don't really have a problem with his obsession, but this isn't funny.  If you could straighten this out, I would be greatly appreciative.

P.S.  We are very excited about getting that broken Golden Tee machine.  Thanks again.

That's funny.   :applaud:

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I was ALWAYS told that there's a "blurry" side to plexi, and that's the side that is supposed to go - damn if I can remember, it's been a long time since I was in sales and had to change the inserts in the plexi-covered lightboxes we had.

That "blurriness" is because it's done on the wrong side.

Naturally they do this WAY more than I do, but you even noticed it yourself when you said "some look better than others", and I'd bet it's not a big concern to them one way or the other, so you get what they have.

Is there any way to do a hi-res scan of the backside and perhaps go that route?  The screenprinting on the back isn't blurry just from the front due to the plexi, right?  I know that's not the "right" way to do it, but that sucks that it's blurry when it clearly isn't that way on every machine
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Hey Mark, nice work bro.
I am now understandin what was being said about the hard board. Didn't mean to be dense. Just  happens. Perhaps it's the ADD. Oh look a bird.

Mark, your video savvy, would it be to big of leap to Photoshop it. Sure it is a lot of time and probably at least $50 from MAME Marquees, but it might be a cleaner look. If not I would call the guy back and get hime to take a closer look at the ones he has.

but that sucks that it's blurry when it clearly isn't that way on every machine
Pun?
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There's too much detail in the text and glows to do it justice in Photoshop.  I'm hoping Nostrebor will pop in here and tell me how to magically polish the plexi so it will look good.

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There's too much detail in the text and glows to do it justice in Photoshop.  I'm hoping Nostrebor will pop in here and tell me how to magically polish the plexi so it will look good.

Work it over with some Novus.  You should be able to find it at AutoZone or some chain auto parts store (I've heard of Pep Boys, but dunno where they're all located).
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Sounds like with all the problems that you've had, you better scrap the project and send it my way.  Sorry to hear about that.  I'll try to find a good use for it. :applaud:

Go stand by your mailbox until it arrives.  Don't ever leave the mailbox, as I've instructed USPS to only deliver it if someone is at the mailbox.  It could be anytime 24 hours a day, so pack a thermos.  ;D

You sent it USPS?   :'(

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Sounds like with all the problems that you've had, you better scrap the project and send it my way.  Sorry to hear about that.  I'll try to find a good use for it. :applaud:

Go stand by your mailbox until it arrives.  Don't ever leave the mailbox, as I've instructed USPS to only deliver it if someone is at the mailbox.  It could be anytime 24 hours a day, so pack a thermos.  ;D

You sent it USPS?   :'(



Shhhhhh.  I just said that because I wanted him to stand outside by the mailbox.  He didn't have a FEDEX box at his house.  Get it?

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I heard those guys couldn't find it even if McCoy DID have a FedEx box in front of his house.  They're all over at the high school trying to fill the hallway outside the office
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..................... just came in to get a drink..................... I'm heading back out............... HEY! Wait a second................... :hissy: :banghead:

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Shhhhhh.  I just said that because I wanted him to stand outside by the mailbox.  He didn't have a FEDEX box at his house.  Get it?

Well I will let you explain this a you mucked it up. I do find it funny that he did stay outside untill 3:14 am.
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Damn.. I haven't checked the thread in a couple of days.  But now I see pictures.  And I am insanely jealous..

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It's a thing of beauty, without a doubt.


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That plexi is supposed to look like that.  I think it's actually pretty sharp looking.  You really don't like it?

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That plexi is supposed to look like that.  I think it's actually pretty sharp looking.  You really don't like it?

I would like it better if it didn't make the graphics look like they were out of focus.

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I was at the bowling ally this weekend and saw that they had a GT. I checked it out and it was out of focus too.

Just look at it like this. It is true to nature.
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I was at the bowling ally this weekend and saw that they had a GT. I checked it out and it was out of focus too.

Just look at it like this. It is true to nature.

Well, at least it's authentic.  :P


Thank you for letting me know that though.  At least I know the guy at IT is not lying to me.

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I saw one the other day at a BBQ joint.  I was quite impressed by the overlay material and it sorta had a texture like the plastic pads that your computer chair rolls on.  Slightly obscure and very durable. 


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Here is the cab with the monitor, bezel, and T-molding installed.  I still need to mount the front door (which will open with European hinges) and return the CP overlay and get one that is sharp.  I also need to get glass to cover the monitor, but I am very close to being completely finished.

Sweet!

That bezel looks alot better as a monitor surround than leaning up against a wall unused.

I'm impressed with the results of your handiwork and determination.


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im so tempted to do this, but i can get a golden tee cab without the kit for 600.

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Mark, you're one busy S.O.B., I didn't even know about this project. When do you find time to go to work?

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This place is dead lately.  Stingray scare everyone off?

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Mark, you're one busy S.O.B., I didn't even know about this project. When do you find time to go to work?

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Work?   He doesnt have a job, he's a photographer.   :cheers:

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There's too much detail in the text and glows to do it justice in Photoshop.  I'm hoping Nostrebor will pop in here and tell me how to magically polish the plexi so it will look good.

Yeah I was just popping in here and noticed this question you asked in April...

Ummmmmmmmmm... yeah... I got nuthin. :dunno

I think that they are supposed to look like that.  ;)

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There's too much detail in the text and glows to do it justice in Photoshop.  I'm hoping Nostrebor will pop in here and tell me how to magically polish the plexi so it will look good.

Yeah I was just popping in here and noticed this question you asked in April...

Ummmmmmmmmm... yeah... I got nuthin. :dunno

I think that they are supposed to look like that.  ;)

Gorilla Glue and C-clamps.

Woops, wrong thread! :laugh2:
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Gorilla Glue and C-clamps.

Woops, wrong thread! :laugh2:

Sounds like a good beer/ lawnmower plan to me.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #138 on: November 26, 2006, 07:50:35 pm »
Anyone know the measurements of the "Golf Ball" for these Golden Tee Cabinets?  I would like to make one, but having some measurements would help!   It would save me the embarassment of going into the tavern down the road w/ a tape measure! 

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #139 on: November 27, 2006, 12:28:39 pm »
I bit the bullet and went to a BW3's to measure the "GT Live" cabinet.  It wasn't so bad.  Most of the people who said anything were interested in what I was doing.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #140 on: November 28, 2006, 11:11:59 am »
I bit the bullet and went to a BW3's to measure the "GT Live" cabinet.  It wasn't so bad.  Most of the people who said anything were interested in what I was doing.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #141 on: November 28, 2006, 11:51:44 pm »
No, no, no.  That was when I was looking in my neighbors house before I went to measure the cabinet. :angel:

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #142 on: November 29, 2006, 11:39:21 am »
I bit the bullet and went to a BW3's to measure the "GT Live" cabinet.  It wasn't so bad.  Most of the people who said anything were interested in what I was doing.

please share your measurements :)

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet - Fixing One Mistake At A Ti
« Reply #143 on: November 30, 2006, 01:20:01 am »
The only thing I have is the graph paper I drew it on.  Maybe someday.  A file already exists for the measurements of the fore machines.  It is what Mark used.

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Hi Mark, great job with the cabinet.

I saw you used a Betson 27" Multi Sync Monitor, are you happy with it?  I'm looking for a monitor for my Golden Tee Fore 2005 cabinet and was looking at the Betson or a the Wells Gardner equivalent which seems to be a little more pricey.

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Re: Markrvp's Scratch-Built Golden Tee Fore Cabinet
« Reply #145 on: August 12, 2007, 02:38:17 pm »
Do you have the full plans?  Site says his HD crashed and he has a backup, which sounds/looks like the base.  If you've got the full plans, shoot them to me please.  I think you should still have my e-mail address.  Save the lemonparty pics for McCoy though.  I don't even care if that IS his grandpa!

Did anyone ever post the full plans for Markrvp's Exceptional GT Cab? I have the bottom half plans from BrianMerry's Website but need the top part. Any assistance is of course appreciated.

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Sorry, don't want to dig up an old thread but I just came across this thread of someone who used my plans to build their Goldn Tee Cabinet and also found some additional photos on an old computer.  I have posted them on my website http://www.brianmerry.com and decided to add a link to this thread for reference purposes. 

A tad late but.....ok, real late :)

Mark, good job with the build!  Your cabinet came out very nice.... :cheers:

Brian

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Anybody have these cabinet plans stashed anywhere?? The link to the website that had then appears to be dead.

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Anybody have these cabinet plans stashed anywhere?? The link to the website that had then appears to be dead.
Archive.org is your friend.   ;D

The site has many other GT cab pics and a suggestion for viewing for the AutoCAD 2002 format DWG file:
https://web.archive.org/web/20110208002228/http://brianmerry.com/

Download link for plans:
https://web.archive.org/web/20110208002228/http://brianmerry.com/gtphotos/GoldenTeeBase.dwg


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Thank you!!!