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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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    Here are some video updates of the project... Getting to the home stretch!

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...NeXkUMUnAN3nwu

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    That is really neat, Eric...joe

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    Eric,

    I like how you think. Your plan is to make it easy to cut out and assemble. I like the bolt idea combined with mortise and tenon to ensure a easy line-up.

    J

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    I spend a lot of time modeling these things up so that I can assemble them fast in the shop. This means that if I make 1x of something it goes fast, and also if I make multiples I'm not spending endless amounts of time sanding and fitting.

    Here's another more complex joint I came up with:

    https://youtu.be/k3YuQWuNP0w

    I designed this particular joint because I had to make 12 of these legs. Doing a joint like this is not only fast to put together, but also makes it so I can grab any 3/4 sheet of plywood, zero off the table and just cut and cut until I have all of my parts.

    This X Table I made has a similar setup:

    x_table_-_SketchUp_Pro_2017.jpg

    x_table_-_SketchUp_Pro_2017.jpg

    https://goo.gl/photos/nt7c4g2UcjBS3hTi9

    I have some files posted of similar joints if anyone's interested.

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    That looks really awesome, I am interested in the files please.

    Joe
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