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I haven't posted this yet, so here it is, just in case someone is interested in building something similar.

Also, pics to follow shortly.

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Okay, by "shortly", I mean tomorrow; after work.

I'm beat. Night' folks .

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I'll be throwing the pictures up later today. I want to get in a full day of cutting and drilling so I have even more pixels with which to bombard your eyeballs.

You really gotta hand to guys like CD who work with wood as a profession. And not in the way of building huge structures where no one will really notice a 1/16th of an inch variance. I'm talking about up close, in your face precision-or-die wood working here. Him, not me .

Because we're staining this thing, the cuts have to be pretty. The edges have to be pretty, and the oak veneer ply is a finicky beeutch. After cutting off a good six inches of our work surface (the metal side table connected to the table saw :facepalm, we decided we needed a new blade. That decision was expedited after the next cut was a brutal mess of splinter and cuss words...

That little bit of fun was during the cutting of the back computer access door. No biggie right? Wrong. I'll know it was jacked up, and I want this thing to be near-perfect. Stain-able wood filler to the rescue! Wish me luck. The photo I'll post later on will tell more of the story.

We have the front panel cut and ready to be riddled with holes. Besides the square hole for the door, I will be drilling out 13 holes, in varying must-be-straight-or-it-will-stand-out patterns and one very funky shaped plunger hole.

Anyhow folks, that's my Saturday morning ramblings. The lawns cut, I've taken my meds, and the garage is ready to be cooled down.

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What, me lie? Haha, yeah, but I am going to have a huge update soon . We've been working pretty steadily, when we can.

Whelp, I better get cropping these photos.



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First up, a blast from the past!! Some SF4 action going on too, nice.

Next up, a couple "rough" moments...



See the short screw, ya, I have a habit of over torquing crap. Live and learn! At least they are cheap.



This on the other hand, not as cheap. I ordered a new one (leg brace) and were just going to use this one for a drilling template. Here it is in the process of having the other half of the broken bolt drilled out. Yay.

And this next one, well, fell free to laugh, loudly...



Ya, that's right, we sawed the freaking end of the table saw 'table' off. Isn't that some kind of paradox or something? I think the garage shrunk a little when this happened. Nice straight cut. We're getting better .

All right, now for some light-ware:



Lights!! The credit lights (12v) and one of the flipper buttons (5v).



I also got white leds too, just in case we liked the way they looked, but I think we'll stick with the blue lights above.



The green dude is for the launch/start button.

That's all for now, but I have plenty more a'comin'!

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Next!



Here's an inside view of the leg brace, properly installed.



And, an outside view. They'll shine up real nice.



Both back legs installed, temporarily at least. They'll be removed for staining.



Shot of the box with the front in place, making sure everything is still aligned. That front is going to have a lot of work done to it. Many measurements and many holes!

So, what's next?



LCD braces! That's what.



Making it pretty solid.



Both in, and in the correct places. Placing odd shaped things is a P.I.T.A.!



Test fit the LCD. Seems like it's on the floor or something, but it's just the angle...



See.



Now to see if the computer still has enough clearance.



Millimeters to spare. :wipes forehead:



See. It's like it was made to fit .



Couple side pieces for the backbox.



Sides, back and top dry fit and clamped.





A couple more angles. The PC access door can be seen also dry fit into place.



Middle shelf put into place. Top and middle shelf are now glued, screwed and bradded into place.



Another angle. Four of the six large fan holes are drilled too.

That's all for now folks, thanks for looking!



cg
Edited by exnihilo - 7/19/10 at 7:48pm
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This is looking awesome! Nice job!
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Thanks Oliver. What do you think, potential MOTM, again?

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Edited by exnihilo - 7/20/10 at 4:56am
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Once it is finished this will win it deffo
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Once it is finished this will win it deffo
Ha, thanks man. There's only one part I'm nervous over, and that's coming up real soon: Staining! That's make it or break time.



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