I spent much of Sunday beginning on the Bar Top Arcade Carcass project. I'll be building the wooden carcass and installing all of the electronic hardware, then sending it to a friend for wiring and setup.
|Laying out the controls on the bench was the first step of determining how wide the carcass needs to be.|
This first day was about sizing. Though I have a set of plans which I'm using a rough guide, the carcass needs to be individually sized around the control layout and monitor. Since Jason is adding a roller wheel which wasn't in the plans, the carcass I'm building is wider. I think it may be taller also, but the plans are in cm and I can't think that way. Rather than convert them to inches, I simply measured the monitor we'll be using and went from there.
|Steeling relevant dimensions from the plans.|
|Making sure that the cable connections won't interfere with each other.|
|I marked out the monitor surround panel in full scale on a piece of hard board.|
To my surprise, the hardest part was figuring out to to display graphics on the marquee area without distorting them to fit the long narrow shape.
|I cut out the Marquee template. It's about 4-3/4" tall by 24-3/4" wide.|
The graphic will need to be long in order to display without looking stretched.
Next, I'll finish the full size drawings, calculate just how much lumber I need and begin to mill it up.
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