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Title: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: JdotFite on October 24, 2012, 02:55:17 pm
Very long time lurker here.  I started my first MAME cabinet build back in 2001, I was 17 at the time.  I have built a full size cabinet, cocktail table and a bartop.  This time around, I wanted to go even smaller.  I really liked Rasmus's Weecade design and decided to go that route.  I will include some photos of my past projects here as well. 

The build was based around an HP DVXXXX series laptop.  It had the dreaded GPU overheating issue.  I used the "bake it in the oven" reflow trick to bring it back to life.  I don't have a proper work space, so I was forced to use my kitchen and deck and it was a huge PITA  >:D!  I am happy with the end result.  I decided to keep it clean and minimalistic.  My last bartop had bright busy graphics and I wanted to go the opposite direction this time around.

I will updated with some additional finished photos when I get the chance. 

Here is how it looks today:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N48mOsLQ88g/UIg1qUNAG1I/AAAAAAAAFVE/dl7CWUPshOw/s1024/bartop-side.jpg)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nAb6I_yYysI/UIg1qcXPDyI/AAAAAAAAFVI/ktgSOWfZeuY/s1024/bartop-control-panel.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GJKYTc5Jdlk/UIg1qNMuktI/AAAAAAAAFU8/gCOfq7hWQIw/s1024/bartop-back.jpg)

Progress Photos:

Initial rough mock-ups:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-GC4PRsv0XMg/UIdOjKS83HI/AAAAAAAAFUs/Uh5m_ntIHAg/s720/IMAGE_AD87DFCF-92BB-4022-ABE9-5D6A25CE172A.JPG)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-caPT2jFg0tE/UIdOnjTywWI/AAAAAAAAFU0/S2cZ1SiN2Rs/s720/IMAGE_FC68E4FA-4EDB-42BC-9546-0C3A977C5BE9.JPG)

Notebook tear down:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-r0H2i2lCTCs/UIdOxml-tRI/AAAAAAAAFUs/9__2OZY9Vfg/s720/IMAGE_1C26C0CE-627E-4451-B3F0-56701F0230C3.JPG)

MDF screen bezel made:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lZWI-jAsLo4/UIdPOo4-EbI/AAAAAAAAFUs/u3KAsl9iOy8/s912/IMAGE_7350E153-C6E7-4DD6-963F-EAA2BB200079.JPG)

Routered Edges:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EmjkoymejcY/UIdPZhIBY2I/AAAAAAAAFUc/uq9OvqX2KEE/s720/IMAGE_4D8C9C56-A0AE-4F75-BB1F-DEE04511A143.JPG)

Maximus Test:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-03aiaFksrTo/UIdPdc65lQI/AAAAAAAAFUs/ItXfNdCpIoI/s720/IMAGE_A11B9FB5-4BB6-44AE-A51D-F6346E7356B0.JPG)

Front and Control Panel cut and test fit:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Dl-BQYQvhzA/UIdPjY_lBkI/AAAAAAAAFUs/jGqD4jV0KaE/s720/IMAGE_EE80C0DB-D6D5-4593-BEFA-A9FBECA0A050.JPG)

Profile shot at this point:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lSp4LbD3-g4/UIdPosreYtI/AAAAAAAAFUs/oPqrKC19Txw/s720/IMAGE_9B806002-E0D6-4E7E-9D54-9C7A060402B6.JPG)

Marquee Test:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qiO0KH8vdxs/UIdPtfBdTCI/AAAAAAAAFUs/fT2Iocm-0AE/s720/IMAGE_78C23B85-1DB0-4F26-AE0D-76D3F081D122.JPG)

Top Cut:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ovra1_Xie7k/UIdPy2C4RMI/AAAAAAAAFUs/tMr0FXdsi48/s720/IMAGE_0938FE50-BFE1-45F3-A472-62C3E6CB12FD.JPG)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hg-H7Qjsur0/UIdP4iZy3aI/AAAAAAAAFPY/xV-HesNo9TQ/s720/IMAGE_DC0A8F37-8B39-42D2-A32D-D1679F4A5BA5.JPG)

Aluminum L and Acrylic Channel cut for marquee:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-6DHqR0fX3uI/UIdQBnhX_oI/AAAAAAAAFUs/7kK19_Zu0E0/s720/IMAGE_BA20D195-FDB5-4B37-BB85-A25B685880B8.JPG)

Real life photoshop: Bondo:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HeubBmCIoV4/UIdQHIB9OmI/AAAAAAAAFUs/YdXTir0ej7E/s912/IMAGE_1AFED1C9-A528-478E-9E02-9D14A0FF828A.JPG)

Primer:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RmOrfxW316g/UIdQMLQYYHI/AAAAAAAAFUs/46tDapUKzTQ/s720/IMAGE_DE09F71F-B3D8-4406-BB04-E888C0133457.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-v3M4hi4lXEE/UIdQR1pbt5I/AAAAAAAAFUs/4D-xVO6umqw/s720/IMAGE_6DCC7370-2BFA-41BC-99FA-B5B3E801F9CE.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8sUN3P0o3Ww/UIdQXTbI1MI/AAAAAAAAFUs/kKsAwQOPg0M/s720/IMAGE_64B6479A-0670-43DF-87FD-14E6B317A0CC.JPG)

1st coat of paint:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-odYbt0UmPfo/UIdQcyJRvII/AAAAAAAAFUs/8oWn5iW1iXs/s912/IMAGE_ABCBE56B-CA5D-4EAA-A816-31BD50870F7C.JPG)

2nd coat of paint:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z43_88P-0YQ/UIdQh5cHk8I/AAAAAAAAFUs/vZAlCLYHE8Y/s720/IMAGE_253E8436-0127-4ABC-A167-C58A775E2DA0.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hh4g9jAqZs8/UIdRBEiSA4I/AAAAAAAAFUs/hR-3-XptXG4/s720/IMAGE_29E6B84B-0F92-4FB3-B597-2B6255BE8396.JPG)

Screen metal bezel paint:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pKJAsYCyMd8/UIdRHCzgOpI/AAAAAAAAFUs/7VDhoi29k8g/s720/IMAGE_A220BD9A-E9B6-4792-92EF-815CAC8434B9.JPG)

Speaker area cut:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BPUBurXWhXg/UIdRNmvlvbI/AAAAAAAAFUs/BqU9aV1AM9E/s720/IMAGE_D99E706F-1611-46FF-87BD-D211384A5F91.JPG)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-58u1UIo4pWk/UIdRTcKmiQI/AAAAAAAAFUs/M8t5QI7K_F8/s720/IMAGE_1A64BB3F-ADEF-4DB7-A05E-662DAAEFE0EA.JPG)

Testing notebook:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-G1nKJxwJxCI/UIdRX1UVoOI/AAAAAAAAFUs/ygpZMZW6KDE/s720/IMAGE_39A0F42C-229E-4495-A6F1-638E2E46274D.JPG)

Perforated Metal, outlet and switch added:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-yQs-htvnpl0/UIdRdU-wzeI/AAAAAAAAFUs/PvNg5aNmMIc/s720/IMAGE_5DBF645C-CCF7-45D5-8FBC-1D202AD0286B.JPG)

Coming together:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WUfpIK-fYkA/UIdRjRkKNrI/AAAAAAAAFUs/C74pOpEy9xg/s720/IMAGE_9509F20F-AF89-4FF5-8526-A8183C2522D6.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1c2tKRrCaHw/UIdRonvrllI/AAAAAAAAFUs/b6TeBrVUdaA/s720/IMAGE_96CD90DF-669B-43B2-850B-D9279ACCFAB7.JPG)

L channel painted:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XiZkM_XVVxs/UIdRuLXDhaI/AAAAAAAAFUs/eYs1JaJ-eUw/s720/IMAGE_4B62F8C7-99AF-4F9D-8168-D48B65CE09F4.JPG)

Starting Speaker grill area:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-41Qlv6nIAAo/UIdRy1SmQhI/AAAAAAAAFUs/op8DCAQW1TQ/s720/IMAGE_7E44A0A0-30E9-4357-98EE-C2FB269E8060.JPG)

The holes were not allowing enough sound through, so I cut one long rectangle and rounded it with my router:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YA2p92DpCzA/UIdR3zFVPVI/AAAAAAAAFUs/WAzNHbllHhU/s720/IMAGE_1243872C-465A-4D76-9F00-6BFBC975E7AB.JPG)

Grill nailed on:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-34VEyddM3HA/UIdR98kIktI/AAAAAAAAFUs/UyCLl3h5UgU/s912/IMAGE_1C971E14-360A-4475-88AF-AD80C867E41B.JPG)

USB Speaker bar ready to be attached:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xtPaUsYPdSU/UIdSEubUxkI/AAAAAAAAFUs/EfCgrbEOIp4/s720/IMAGE_A8A88D15-E10D-4123-B795-70FA99DC8661.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-oEIvOVv-jAw/UIdSKhVn1TI/AAAAAAAAFUs/v1XAR-uUpKI/s912/IMAGE_E4A90936-FCA0-4A52-BE22-7A3FC622A279.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-6R3QhMEZudA/UIdSQ32-zMI/AAAAAAAAFUs/XnMTnx4VKhc/s912/IMAGE_074938DF-5E88-48C4-A50A-B1432CC0F5CF.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rensxeXhy4g/UIdSXNDmrEI/AAAAAAAAFUs/fo66Pmd09Eo/s912/IMAGE_568B27BD-7DBB-4149-9ED9-16B227170D6D.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ttuSZeCG8Do/UIdSlBCiU4I/AAAAAAAAFUs/wvauHL7KRF0/s912/IMAGE_1D6225B0-1648-4AA8-9BF4-EC966A3CA5B2.JPG)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VItFg_Mycdw/UIdShonhJLI/AAAAAAAAFUs/sJT13eFE1FE/s720/IMAGE_1B714EE4-5BCB-457F-BBF6-CBA5B2CB1169.JPG)

Testing hardware one last time:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NMsYrPn7v9A/UIdScSSS_xI/AAAAAAAAFUs/Ppy5y_cidL8/s912/IMAGE_DD1969B8-A15D-48B9-84DA-FE3168E941D8.JPG)

Control panel coming together:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CszaGyCr_lk/UIdSp0EOydI/AAAAAAAAFUs/py9JWAK5Cfg/s720/IMAGE_0EEED08C-20F2-4E55-8C9E-1492D5A571EB.JPG)
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_R5iL8yCbSs/UIdSvjTYNTI/AAAAAAAAFUs/RVIOSa1RN5U/s720/IMAGE_DB1A9620-D06F-4E5A-9FBD-076EAC55A3B7.JPG)

Today:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N48mOsLQ88g/UIg1qUNAG1I/AAAAAAAAFVE/dl7CWUPshOw/s1024/bartop-side.jpg)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nAb6I_yYysI/UIg1qcXPDyI/AAAAAAAAFVI/ktgSOWfZeuY/s1024/bartop-control-panel.jpg)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GJKYTc5Jdlk/UIg1qNMuktI/AAAAAAAAFU8/gCOfq7hWQIw/s1024/bartop-back.jpg)
Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: pinballjim on October 24, 2012, 03:06:47 pm
I've always criticized the Wee-Cade for looking like a laptop in a box and then you have to go and put an actual laptop in the box.

That looks really nice, one of the cleaner examples of this design for sure.

Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: CoryBee on October 24, 2012, 03:09:44 pm
I really like this, thanks for sharing!  :applaud:
Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: emphatic on October 28, 2012, 05:52:31 pm
Looks good, does it weigh "enough" to play on? :cheers:
Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: koolmoecraig on October 28, 2012, 06:58:54 pm
Looks good, does it weigh "enough" to play on? :cheers:

Nice clean job.  Like Reveen said, is it heavy enough to play without moving around?
Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: fighterfanatic on October 28, 2012, 07:09:05 pm
Wow. So fresh and so clean.  :applaud:
Title: Re: Extra Small Weecade **Almost Done** - Tons of Photos!
Post by: emphatic on October 29, 2012, 05:45:59 pm
Like Reveen said

 :laugh2: