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Monday, 24th January 2005 at 1:34PM (3040 days ago)
After about 20 hours worth of work over the weekend the arcade cabinet is almost complete! It's finally standing upright and much taller than me :)
That's the speaker box right there, well the starting of it at least. We've built the cabinet so that the speaker box can simply slide into the front. The whole cabinet is really easy to assemble, you only need a phillips head screwdriver.
We placed the frame we built as well as the speaker box against the sides to make sure when it was all put together it would stay together.
The frame was the most important piece, the innards as well as the monitor rely on the frame. Using a mixture of MDF and Pine we created an incredibly strong frame. The frame is so strong that I can stand on the monitor shelf. As my monitor weighs about 34 kilograms (that's 75 pounds for you weirdo's) I needed the shelf to be super strong.
The castor wheels were a very cool addition which meant that the whole thing could move around really easily. I was concerned that the cabinet would move whilst it's being played, but the front two lockable castors as very strong and keep it nice and rigid.
So that's the cabinet in it's current state. We're nearlly there, just need to clean up the edges, finish the monitor frame sand the whole thing down, give it a good undercoat and then paint it with SegPub yellow enamel :)
I'll be posting more detailed stuff about the whole process once i'm actually done, but this should suffice for now :)
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Monday, 10th January 2005 at 5:24PM (3054 days ago)
Happy new year to everyone. I had a nice break away and am still enjoying my time off. The arcade cabinet is almost complete, but i'm not gonna show you any pics until it's completed :)
I finalised the sound system today, but decided to take a different route. I'm still using car speakers, however instead of using a car amp and a dc power supply I bought a Logitech sound system and wired the Sony XPlod speakers into it. Cost of logitech system: $70, cost of doing it the other way: $300 +
I replaced my 6x9's with a pair of 6" speakers because of a number of reasons, namely they were too powerful and the magnets were too large and would require shielding in order to protect the screen. The speakers through the Logitech system sound really good. The speakers were a bit of a pain to get apart, I don't think they were meant to be taken apart.
The one good thing about these speakers is that they have a volume/power control which will neatly fit on the cabinet. The arcade parts are up at Nelson Bay and we're heading up there the weekend after next to finish everything off, not very long to go now!
The smaller Sony speakers are nicer looking and will mount alot easier in the cabinet. Once everything is finished i'm going to setup an area on this site that will document everything related to the cabinet including a list of parts that I bought over the last 12 months and costs of the different parts.