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    Cool Arcade Cabinet design and build

    I've designed and started a build of an arcade cabinet:

    https://goo.gl/photos/XfGuz2F3owKbyraYA (This is a quick walk through video)

    It's all connected with weld nuts and furniture bolts so it goes together really easily. This one is obviously for SketchUp, but it could be used as a generic MAME cabinet if someone wished.

    SketchUp_arcade_cabinet1_skp_-_SketchUp_Pro_2017.jpg

    After it's all sanded it'll be sprayed with paint and then crated to it's final destination!

    Here's the rest of the photos: https://goo.gl/photos/bxVHvLK32QgMP7ay6 (this will get updated as the build moves along)
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    That's awesome!

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    You can always tell a real pro. When they cut their finger they reach for the nearest roll of blue tape.
    Looking good Eric.

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    HA! Yeah, that was one of those "this might hurt... yup, it did" moments.

    I'm pretty excited about this one. It's headed to the spray booth next week so after that I'll have a good update. I'm working on tuning the computer now. It's going to have video games that you can actually play in SketchUp running in it.

    As a CNC nerd, the thing I was really excited about was how fast this went together. I use these connectors I came up with:

    https://goo.gl/photos/g4RNMqNpLWgzXnyGA

    SketchUp_arcade_cabinet1_skp_-_SketchUp_Pro_2017.jpg

    I also did a moritse and tenon joint everywhere there's a bolt to keep everything lined up. The tenons are tapered slightly on the end so they go in easily, but as they get near flush you give them a good whack with your palm and they seat nicely. The bolts obviously keep eveything permanatly tight.

    I designed these this way so that the bolt holes and the slots can all be done on a regular 3 axis machine without the need for indexing and flipping parts, which I can do, but takes time and is always another chance for a mistake.

    I also did all of the cup hinge drillings on the CNC too. The doors are framless inset and they lined up perfectly.

    The raised letters on the side were milled in reverse and I drilled dowel holes in them so that they line up perfectly on the cabinet, which should make glue-ups easy:

    https://goo.gl/photos/d7TgVscnY29V8BG78

    SketchUp_arcade_cabinet1_skp_-_SketchUp_Pro_2017.jpg

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