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Author Topic: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (quick video of unfolding 6-28-10)  (Read 57857 times)

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2008, 08:31:29 pm »
Wow Bender! That is nice. Not only is this cabinet totally original, but like Polaris said, the CP layout is fantastic. It is obvious that you have thought this project through to the last detail. I can't wait to see this completed, especially the artwork !  ;)

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2008, 08:46:10 pm »
this is excellent, i can see a few of these being made by others. the CP is really nicely laid out. very impressive :cheers:
thanks Polaris, I've tested the CP layout for a while and I'm pretty happy with it except for the mentioned slight modification to the joystick position


Wow Bender! That is nice. Not only is this cabinet totally original, but like Polaris said, the CP layout is fantastic. It is obvious that you have thought this project through to the last detail. I can't wait to see this completed, especially the artwork !  ;)

Wow! Mountain, thanks for the compliment it really means a lot coming from someone who is inspiration to me and I'm sure may others on this forum!

haven't thought of everything already had to make a few adjustments but that's why I'm doing The prototype first


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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2008, 07:51:52 am »
have you given any thought to the art yet?  i think you should go original since your design is so original in the first place.

also, when are you gonna start selling rotary 360's ???  i'll take two!
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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2008, 09:14:56 am »
Looking good Bender!!!

I loving how everything lines up so precisely when its folded, good work :)

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2008, 11:16:31 am »
have you given any thought to the art yet?  i think you should go original since your design is so original in the first place.

also, when are you gonna start selling rotary 360's ???  i'll take two!

I'm not gonna sell em, but I will post a tutorial and Andy at Ultimarc has expressed some interest in producing them so hopefully they will be available commercially at some point

Looking good Bender!!!

I loving how everything lines up so precisely when its folded, good work :)


Thanks,

That's without the T-molding so I still have a little adjustment to make
and I have to figure out the latching mechanism for up and down
« Last Edit: October 04, 2008, 11:18:27 am by Bender »

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #45 on: December 28, 2008, 10:19:15 pm »
So I've had a few set backs with this project.... :(

I fried the inverter board from the laptop monitor while decaseing it
I got the freakin' fancy LED backlit screen option from dell and they haven't been able to get me a replacement for over 2 months now and I'm starting to lose my patience   :bat

I failed to factor in the width for where the AC adaptor and USB cords plug in :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

I haven't had a bit of time until recently :-\


the good news is I'm back at it  ;D
I got the T-Molding space worked out (so there's room for it when it folds up)
I've solved the latch problem with magnets and metal bars that will go under the laminate I tested it out on the prototype and it works great, you have to feel it to really get it but it's awesome, instantaneous, and invisible
I've also started the Final version (I hope) and have almost all the major pieces cut (I'll post some pics in the next couple of days)

it is now 2" wider which actually makes the CP more comfortable, and 1" taller which gives the the whole thing and especially the marquee better proportions

« Last Edit: December 28, 2008, 10:24:20 pm by Bender »

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2008, 06:35:08 pm »
Alright Bender!
Im glad you are back on the job!

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (progress pics)
« Reply #47 on: January 03, 2009, 12:56:05 am »
I'm thinking of renameing the project either:

BENDERAMA or
BENDERCADE

what do you all like better?
 
I'm just starting to play with the artwork
here is an idea for the Marquee
obviously the new name will replace FUTURAMA on the marquee but still in the same style
I'm also thinking about putting a joystick in one of this "hands"




« Last Edit: January 03, 2009, 12:59:53 am by Bender »

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (name help please 1-2-09)
« Reply #48 on: January 03, 2009, 05:31:14 am »
Glad to see you are back on it Bender!  :)

Benderama gets my vote. Maybe you could have a joystick in one hand and a screwdriver in the other?

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Re: "The Bender" folding portable bartop (name help please 1-2-09)
« Reply #49 on: January 03, 2009, 07:51:53 am »
This is an interesting project. Great work so far! I'd love to see some plans come out of this if possible.

I definitely like Benderama over the other.

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #50 on: January 06, 2009, 12:38:23 pm »
I am loving this thing.. it is so unique and awesome!  I especially love the Futurama-aspect of anything.

As for the name... Benderama sounds better to me than Bendercade.  Are you going to put any kind of sideart or a CPO on it?  I would love to see some Futurama art on something.

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #51 on: January 06, 2009, 02:32:17 pm »
I am loving this thing.. it is so unique and awesome!  I especially love the Futurama-aspect of anything.

As for the name... Benderama sounds better to me than Bendercade.  Are you going to put any kind of sideart or a CPO on it?  I would love to see some Futurama art on something.

It's now officially "BENDERAMA"

and yes there will be CP, side, and actually bottom art although all very similarly bender themed



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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #52 on: January 06, 2009, 06:30:54 pm »
I am loving this thing.. it is so unique and awesome!  I especially love the Futurama-aspect of anything.

As for the name... Benderama sounds better to me than Bendercade.  Are you going to put any kind of sideart or a CPO on it?  I would love to see some Futurama art on something.

It's now officially "BENDERAMA"

and yes there will be CP, side, and actually bottom art although all very similarly bender themed

Sounds like a shiny metal ass is in your future.

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #53 on: January 06, 2009, 11:29:24 pm »
 :applaud:

Theres a'plenty Futurama font out there, for example:
http://www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar/fonts/index.shtml

...also shows the alien symbols.  Please tell me youre going to use those for "start" and "credit" or something.  Or maybe put some alien catchphrase thing on the bottom art.

Time to put the metal to the pedal to the other metal!

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Re: Bender's Fold-A-Cade portable bartop (temporary name)
« Reply #54 on: January 07, 2009, 03:35:33 am »
Cool.  :cheers:

Maybe the handle should be more centered?


That's what I thought...

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #55 on: January 07, 2009, 06:11:04 am »
As long as the art is made available I have no qualms.... >:D

This is really gonna be kickass! I showed it to my bro and he said "that is exactly what I need!". He wants a cab but just doesn't want it permanently out!!!

You should maybe borrow some of the art from Joystick Jerk:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=66234.msg704958#msg704958

I'd ask 1st just because I am a sucker for manners but he said he doesn't mind! And it looks AWESOME!

Edit: I just realised what I said... permanently out :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #56 on: January 07, 2009, 09:35:40 am »
:applaud:

Theres a'plenty Futurama font out there, for example:
http://www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar/fonts/index.shtml

...also shows the alien symbols.  Please tell me youre going to use those for "start" and "credit" or something.  Or maybe put some alien catchphrase thing on the bottom art.

Time to put the metal to the pedal to the other metal!

Thanks, I already got those fonts and I'm actually hand making (actually my sister who is an Illustrator wiz did most of the work) a vector version of the "Benderama Logo" cause none of those fonts are quite right for the 3D Futurama look
love the idea of translating the start and coin buttons, I was also thinking of having a tiny bender silhouette to replace the player one symbol

As long as the art is made available I have no qualms.... >:D

This is really gonna be kickass! I showed it to my bro and he said "that is exactly what I need!". He wants a cab but just doesn't want it permanently out!!!

You should maybe borrow some of the art from Joystick Jerk:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=66234.msg704958#msg704958

I'd ask 1st just because I am a sucker for manners but he said he doesn't mind! And it looks AWESOME!

Edit: I just realised what I said... permanently out :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

thanks for the link, I grabbed it,  I'll take a look to see if there is anything I can borrow
I'm "permanently out" as BYOACer  ;)


Cool.  :cheers:

Maybe the handle should be more centered?


That's what I thought...

Already done :cheers:

Sounds like a shiny metal ass is in your future.

oh, don't worry you'll make a cameo, skin tube



PROGRESS

A little good news I finally got the computer back ...  but they sent the wrong power cord back with it I'm going to lose my mind

I got the computer decased again and but back to together the way I needed it to fit in the cab
I rewired the power button, oh my god that was the hardest thing I've ever had to solder, the contacts are so small and so close to other stuff It took me over two hours to solder two contact points, but it now works! Woo Hoo!

I've been really slack about pics so I promise some today

« Last Edit: January 08, 2009, 12:16:09 am by Bender »

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #57 on: January 07, 2009, 09:54:55 am »
I've been really slack about pics so I promise some today

Sweet! We will hold you to it  :P

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #58 on: January 07, 2009, 10:03:16 am »
I've been really slack about pics so I promise some today

Sweet! We will hold you to it  :P

so funny you should post right here, some of the pics will be of me ripping off your speaker grill technique for my rear vent! :cheers:
love the tape and the bondo in the baggie worked perfectly and looks mint!

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #59 on: January 07, 2009, 10:04:22 am »
I've been really slack about pics so I promise some today

Sweet! We will hold you to it  :P

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH! (in the words of Bono...)

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2009, 09:38:29 pm »
I was also thinking of having a tiny bender silhouette to replace the player one symbol

Aw, great idea!  Im loving this thing!  I now need to watch some Futurama.

I gotta be honest, when you first announced this thing I didnt think you would follow though.  Either that, or the folding bits would be the end of you.  Complete and total congrats on inventing and sticking with something completely unique and original. :cheers:

And I cant help myself...
Im gonna build my own arcade machine, with blackjack, and hookers.  Awww, forget the arcade machine.

mountain cracked corn, and I dont care.
thatitalian cracked corn, and I dont care.
bender cracked corn, and he is great.
take that stupid corn.

Im a nerd, I admit it.

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2009, 11:20:46 pm »
I was also thinking of having a tiny bender silhouette to replace the player one symbol

Aw, great idea!  Im loving this thing!  I now need to watch some Futurama.

I gotta be honest, when you first announced this thing I didnt think you would follow though.  Either that, or the folding bits would be the end of you.  Complete and total congrats on inventing and sticking with something completely unique and original. :cheers:

And I cant help myself...
Im gonna build my own arcade machine, with blackjack, and hookers.  Awww, forget the arcade machine.

mountain cracked corn, and I dont care.
thatitalian cracked corn, and I dont care.
bender cracked corn, and he is great.
take that stupid corn.

Im a nerd, I admit it.




 :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
oh my I was just going to post some pics but now I'm pissing myself too hard to do anything

naw,  just kidding your great!

I'm gonna post some pics with blackjack and hookers aww forget the the pics.... and the blackjack

I'm the nerd dedicating my cab to bender
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2009, 11:34:10 pm »


What kind of party is this? There's no booze and only one hooker.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2009, 11:05:18 pm by Bender »

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2009, 11:49:47 pm »
oh, no, really here are the progress pics I promised



Here are the prototype and the Final versions next to each other for scale I think the Larger final is much better proportioned all around plus the added benefit that the computer will now fit inside... that's a good thing!


View with temporary bezel


all bendered up, and yeah there's even room for the T-Molding wooh hoooh!


from the back without the back panel


there's even an extra 3/4 of an inch between the joystick and where the Plexiglas will be...Plenty of room!

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #64 on: January 08, 2009, 12:13:16 am »

rear vent grill, 1/8" lip filled with bondo to hold the grill in


looks so mint. Thanks to Mountain's great idea :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:




The working laptop screen decased and then recased so the cord would reach then slid down over where the keyboard was. it is offset about an inch so that the power adapter cable and the USB cables will fit in the cab and the monitor will still be centered.
I used heavy duty Velcro to attach the back of the monitor case to the base of the laptop just in case I need to get back in there
I covered the inverter board with tape, I'm so scared of that thing is going to get fried again
Please note the button on the end of the purple wires, as that is now the new power button. It is either my favorite or most despised button cause is was so frikkin hard to hack. I can't decide

actually it WAS the most despised while I was doing it, but now that a day has passed and I use it to turn on the machine it gives me the greatest joy, amazing what a little time will do
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #65 on: January 08, 2009, 04:28:12 am »
HOLY ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---! HOLY ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---! HOLY ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---!

And there is TWO of those things!!!

Did I say HOLY ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---?

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #66 on: January 08, 2009, 07:05:34 am »


Awesome, just awesomes  :)

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #67 on: January 08, 2009, 08:45:29 am »

I need to see this cabinet finished. Please work faster.   :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #68 on: January 08, 2009, 10:55:32 am »
Now your cooking with Gas Bender.  :cheers:

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #69 on: January 08, 2009, 02:11:43 pm »
Now your cooking with Gas Bender.  :cheers:

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop
« Reply #70 on: January 08, 2009, 06:01:31 pm »



there's even an extra 3/4 of an inch between the joystick and where the Plexiglas will be...Plenty of room!



Digging the modded U360  :o

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #71 on: January 08, 2009, 06:27:47 pm »
Wow is one helluva ingenious design. Not to mention a very slick build of that design  8)
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #72 on: January 08, 2009, 07:08:40 pm »
Thanks for the kind words everyone :cheers:

It really helps my motivation!

there have been a few times when a piece isn't quite right and I think about just saying good enough , but I know the level of work on this forum, so I do it right and redo whatever it is.  It has made a huge difference in the quality of the outcome, and in the end I feel much better about the project
Plus I know I can't let you all down ;)

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EDIT I think I just jinxed myself with that comment. I just realised that I have to redo the entire marquee section and two of the back panels so that the pop up handle will work, the upside is that the speakers will be angled slightly forward instead of straight down and be out of the way of the marquee light
oh well :(
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #73 on: January 09, 2009, 10:45:59 am »
What an appropriate theme for your bartop. I laughed at least 3 times at the ingenuity of it all. Perhaps worthy of a Mamerama award or something.
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #74 on: January 09, 2009, 10:46:22 am »
I have absolutely no need to build one of these... but I might just do it anyways because it is so incredibly badass.  I want one dammit!!!  Hurry up and finish this thing so I can shamelessly copy it!!!

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2009, 11:15:31 am »
That's the best thing I ever saw!
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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (Progress Pics added 1-8-09)
« Reply #76 on: January 14, 2009, 10:23:24 pm »
A little more progress here


this is the F..ing power button that gave me such a headache


one of the magnets for the top closure and it's hole. drilled with a 1" fostner bit then used a corner chisel for well... the corners


there are the pair that will hold the thing when its shut (just dry fit, I have since epoxyed them in and then sanded every thing flat then laminated over them see next pics


some of the smaller pieces ready to laminate


laminated and trimmed


ok this was a bear. Both sides, bottom shelf and bottom marquee shelf have a channel routed out 5/8" wide by 3/16" deep to slide the 1/8" smoked Plexi and the 1/2" bezel in and with a very slight adjustment, amazingly everything fit nice and snug


there is the bezel I'm really happy with the way it came out. Almost seems a shame to cover it with smoked Plexi. This and the marquee retainers for obvious reasons are the only things that will be painted, everything else will be laminated


close up of bezel. It's 1/2" MDF routed out on the back about a 1/4" so the laptop monitor sits in there flush against the round over from the front.
This has like 3 coats of greay primer and two coats of semi-flat black sanded between each of corse (done in my undies with a hair net on like Blanka suggested ;))
« Last Edit: January 14, 2009, 10:33:56 pm by Bender »

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (little more progress 1-14-09)
« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2009, 11:30:58 pm »
Amazing.  The level of innovation blows me away.  Great job, Bender.  Can't wait to see the finished product.   :cheers:

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (little more progress 1-14-09)
« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2009, 11:44:58 pm »
very cool dude. Keep up the good work.

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Re: "BENDERAMA" folding portable bartop (little more progress 1-14-09)
« Reply #79 on: January 15, 2009, 07:05:50 am »
DUDE! I was thinking "how the hell did he bend the laminate over the curved edge so well!" That does not look like paint AT ALL! :applaud: