Cabinet Parts Guide

Getting all the parts for this project is half the battle. This guide shows what you'll need.

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Nov172009

Step 3 - Cabinet Parts

You'll need some raw materials to build your cabinet. Not including paint and finishing supplies here is what you need:

Where to Buy?

All of these items can be purchased at your local hardware store. The glass at your local glazier.

MDF or Plywood Sheets

The construction material for building you cabinet. You'll need some basic wood skills to cut this to size and shape, but even the complete beginner can learn this in a relatively short time.

MDF is cheaper than plywood.

Desired Features

  • You will need 2 sheets of 2400mmx1200mm at 18mm thick.
  • 1 project sized panel at 9mm thick for the Speaker Grill.

Other Options

  • Good quality Plywood is used in the real machines (MDF is a cheaper but very good option).

Screws

You can guess what these are for, holding all the MDF or Plywood together. I also recommend using some wood glue if to reinforce your bonds.

Good quality screws for plywood or MDF.

Desired Features

  • You will need 2 lengths, 30mm and 40mm should cover all bases.
  • Buy a large box, they come in handy and are cheaper in bulk.

Playfield Glass

The Playflied glass sits on top of the cabinet playfield. It's locked down by the lockdown bar, and held in place by the side rails and rear moulding. It also offers a protective layer above your playfield monitor so people can lean on the table without damaging the monitor.

Desired Features

  • Reinforced glass (not smoked or tinted).
  • 3/16 inch thickness
  • Cut to cabinet size with rounded edges.

Other Options

For a much cheaper option ask for laminated glass over reinforced. Looks just as good and if broken sticks to an internal clear film which still offers some protection. You wan't some sense of security when this sits above your expensive playfield screen.


Backbox Glass

This glass will cover the backbox monitor and sits above the speaker panel. Offers a nice shiney look and sits nicely to completes the backbox.

Desired Features

  • Reinforced glass (not smoked or tinted).
  • 3-4mm thick each.
  • 2 sheets to hold artwork in-between.
  • Cut to fit backbox size with rounded edges.

Other Options

As the backbox does not really recieve any direct contact with the player you can prob

Other Options

For a much cheaper option ask for laminated glass over reinforced. Looks just as good and if broken sticks to an internal clear film which still offers some protection. You wan't some sense of security when this sits above your expensive playfield screen.


Locks (Optional)

For my cabinet I cut out a door in the back to easily access the computer. Also the backbox has a locked mechanism for entry also. A lock keeps these secure and is a nice tidy finish.

Optional lock if creating a back door to your cabinet.

If adding a back door feature in your cabinet or backbox access feature then you will need one for each.

Desired Features

  • 19mm projection or greater.

Hinges (Optional)

If adding a back door, these traditional kitchen style cabinet hinges work really well and are fairly easy to install with a drill and appropriate bits.

Used for the cabinet backdoor.

Creating a back door on your cabinet is an option for easy PC access. These are only required if you intend to include that feature.

Desired Features

  • Cabinet self closing action.
  • Full overlay design.

Drawer Runners (Optional)

Another option when adding a back door to the cabinet is to also include a sliding drawer for the computer to be installed on. These runners make for a smooth and easily removable base to install the computer on.

Used for the cabinet backdoor drawer. One shown of two.Creating a back door on your cabinet is an option for easy PC access. These are only required if you intend to include that feature and add a drawer for the PC to slide out on.

Desired Features

  • Rolling action.
  • Pack with included screws.
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