Main Restorations Software Audio/Jukebox/MP3 Everything Else Buy/Sell/Trade
Project Announcements Monitor/Video GroovyMAME Merit/JVL Touchscreen Meet Up Retail Vendors
Driving & Racing Woodworking Software Support Forums Consoles Project Arcade Reviews
Automated Projects Artwork Frontend Support Forums Pinball Forum Discussion Old Boards
Raspberry Pi & Dev Board controls.dat Linux Miscellaneous Arcade Wiki Discussion Old Archives
Site News

Unread posts | New Replies | Recent posts | Rules | Chatroom | Wiki | File Repository | RSS | Submit news


  

Author Topic: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal  (Read 1379 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« on: July 04, 2016, 11:27:57 am »
Hiya gang!  It has been a while since I've done anything directly related to this site's specific money suck but I'm getting back in the mix.  For a few years I've been putting off building a better machine for my two boy-type kiddos (now 8 and 7).  After I built Darkade years ago they promptly took it over and then immediately started complaining about how much bartops suck.  They want a 4p panel so they can button mash with their friends, or me, or eachother. 

I toyed with several themes and designs, posted some idea threads on here for inspiration, almost bought a few junker cabs to convert but never pulled the trigger on anything.  Now I've decided to build them a pedestal that is not themed, won't look out of place in the house, is kinda boring, but does all the game stuff that they enjoy. 

I'm basing it on the vewlix style, but loosely so.  This isn't a clone, the angles won't match, and the controls will be based on the gaming we're most interested in.  It will be a build in two phases.  Phase "Blanche Dubois" began when I began doodling on graph paper and trolling google images for inspiration.  Blanche Dubois will complete when the panel is playable, but is sitting atop a box or small table or something. Phase "Blanche Devereaux" will begin when I've completed at least one unrelated project, feel that I've really put it off for far too long, and go buy some more wood.  Blanch Devereaux will be complete when the handiwork from Blanche Dubois is positioned semi-permanently above Blanche Devereaux in some hot Blanche on Blanche action.   

Plans for both Dubois and Devereaux (the double Ds in my life) are complete and it's only a matter of turning larger bits of wood into smaller bits or wood and then making them larger colored bits of wood.
 

This is the panel.  It is ~19"x46" as shown. The smaller panels pull out mostly because I thought it would be neat.  No real reason, it's completely unnecessarily and overly complicated.  Just like life.  The eagle eyed may notice a few places where my router skills decided to color outside the lines.  I'll fix this with bondo, or in post-production so you all think I did.   


These are the sides being done up. 


This is a pro-tip.  I call it "refreshing the factory edge."  I don't own a table saw, but even if I did I'd still do this because in my experience most home tools just don't cut straight.  They cut mostly straight.  Even the big box stores only gurantee cuts to be within a 1/16th or sometimes an 1/8th.  So after I make a cut I clamp to a known factory edge that is nice and straight and template bit the edge, thereby refreshing the factory edge.  With bit changes and whatnot it takes me about 3 minutes.  Yes it slows you down, yes it adds up, but I don't do this hobby because I'm in a hurry and it saves me time on the back end because everything fits together soooo much nicer.  Boom, take it or leave it.  YMMV.   


Parting note:  Rumor has it that there is some movement on the Space Base project.  Not enough to merit a bump or an update, but enough to say that those wheels which seemed to be long stuck were actually slowly turning.  We've adjusted the gearing on those wheels and hopefully we'll see some more on that front before too much longer. 

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 11:32:41 am »
Oh and Jesus Jones, I forgot to say it above, Happy Birthday America!!

ppv

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 236
  • The cheap@ss gamer
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2016, 11:45:08 am »
Lol! Awesome write up so far! I love needlessly complicated thing! :cheers:
Doing arcades, the cheap@ss way!
First Project : ttp://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,151071.0.html
Next one : The Token Muncher [urlhttp://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,135417.0.html[/url]

opt2not

  • (+13)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 3779
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 02:01:43 pm »
Haha nice write-up and description. That panel is looking sexy too, I'm interested in seeing how your sort-of-not-really vewlix pedestal will turn out. I think that style would work as a nice modern looking pedestal.

harveybirdman

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2102
  • SHMUP'EM
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 02:38:10 pm »
Yes a Lechuck build!!!!

pbj

  • (+2)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4549
  • Obey.
    • The Chris Burke Band
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 03:11:12 pm »
Last one looked like a bird bath, will this one resemble a garden gnome?



Sup?

UCA 2016 Board Chairman.  #considerapedestal2016

Malenko

  • KNEEL BEFORE ZODlenko!
  • (+58)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 11570
  • Haters are going to hate.
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,142404.msg1475162.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2016, 03:48:35 pm »
Yes! A project Im legitimately excited for.  You do good work man, definitely one of the better builders on here.   With those panels.... they gonna be swappable or just look bad ass?

Im chomping at the bit to get back to work on gingerballs but I got my eyes on this thread!
2014 Standup UCA Runner Up
2015 Restoration UCA Winner

Latest project:
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,150902.0.html
RedheadKingPinball aka GingerBalls

thomas_surles

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 827
  • If you build it they will come (they never showed)
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2016, 05:42:28 pm »
That would be a really cool way to do a swappable panel.

DaOld Man

  • (+4)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4392
  • I dont get no respect.
    • Skenny's Outpost
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2016, 09:55:18 pm »
Looks good LeChuck!

n3wt0n

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 312
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2016, 07:17:39 am »
I like the start of this and will be looking forward to how it progresses. 

How thick are you left with for the remaining ledge of wood that the removable panel piece sits on? I am doing a similar sunken control area so I am really just curious if it flexes or seems real stable still.  Thanks.

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2016, 03:31:53 pm »
I love needlessly complicated thing! :cheers:

I too! Much wow, very complicated!!!

Yes a Lechuck build!!!!

Yes!  A HBM comment!!!!

Last one looked like a bird bath, will this one resemble a garden gnome?

Fair question and a fair cop.  We'll just have to wait it out.  The suspense is killing me tho, I hope it lasts.

Sup?

You know me, just rockin'...rockin' and rollin'.



With those panels.... they gonna be swappable or just look bad ass?

Im chomping at the bit to get back to work on gingerballs but I got my eyes on this thread!

They're swappable by design, but I don't have plans right now to do other panels.  Just leaving the door open to it.  Lord knows I have enough random controls floating around the parts bin to do up a few.  I've got several projects that have been on the burner faaaaar too long but I'm hoping that getting my gears spinning on this one will warm me up on the others.

Looks good LeChuck!
Thanks boo!

How thick are you left with for the remaining ledge of wood that the removable panel piece sits on? I am doing a similar sunken control area so I am really just curious if it flexes or seems real stable still.  Thanks.

The ledge is .2" but there is plenty of room for me to add supports if it becomes an issue.  I'll play it by ear, but thus far its okay.

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2016, 03:46:45 pm »
When faced with cutting compound angles I recommend slowly backing away from the tools and taking up knitting instead.  I have also been known to give horrible advice (I think I urged someone on here to commit felony theft yesterday) and rarely take my own advice.  Less talky more picy!


I took quite a few pics as I went incase anyone is silly enough edging like this after my very clear and well worded warning above.  Shown here is where you should stop.  Just stop and save yourself.  It's a single bevel and looks nice. 


You kept going didn't you?  Okay, here's the 45o that takes an inch off the edge.  I think this looks pretty sharp too, stop.  Go no further.


Somebody must have a learning disability.  Whatevs.  Draw some lines Mr. Fancy-pants.


Are you happy now?! Do you see what you've done?  Now you're taking latte art-style shots of ---fracking--- MDF.  Better reposition that ruler and check the natural light you doucher. 


To be fair, I think it looks good.  It looks like my drawing too, more or less, which is always a plus. 

If you're using a cheap compounding miter saw don't bother doing math.  Your cheap ass saw can't do math and the numbers written on it are more or less made up.  My angles ranged between 32o and 47.5o to make this and each one was different.  Be sure and make some extra so you can practice a bit or else just fix it with filler at the end because MDF is basically the most forgiving thing on the planet. 

Thus completes the rough work on Blanche Dubois.  Let the finishing work commence!

 

thomas_surles

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 827
  • If you build it they will come (they never showed)
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2016, 06:00:20 pm »
Quote
I have also been known to give horrible advice (I think I urged someone on here to commit felony theft yesterday)
:afro:

ppv

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 236
  • The cheap@ss gamer
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2016, 07:02:08 pm »
 :notworthy:
Doing arcades, the cheap@ss way!
First Project : ttp://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,151071.0.html
Next one : The Token Muncher [urlhttp://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,135417.0.html[/url]

yotsuya

  • (+21)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 14419
  • 2014 UCA Winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 ZapCon Winner
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137636.msg1420628.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2016, 07:05:06 pm »
Looks good.

markc74

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 352
  • Muuu-uum... can I have some more 10p's?
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137295.0.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2016, 05:54:50 pm »
You know - when you built your game of thrones pedestal i thought yeah - this guy has some serious vision. This shows (to me) you've got some pretty serious wood skills too.

Bah.  >:D

yotsuya

  • (+21)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 14419
  • 2014 UCA Winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 ZapCon Winner
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137636.msg1420628.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2016, 06:04:17 pm »
Chuck is always serious about wood.

harveybirdman

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2102
  • SHMUP'EM
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2016, 10:34:07 pm »
You know the arcade channel I'd watch?

I get to go around with my camera and film Yots, Neph, Ond, Le Chuck, chopper, Vwbus, Mal, Opt, etc. while they do these sweet ass projects.

I'm going to buy a lottery ticket so I can get started booking those flights.

vwalbridge

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1673
  • Hope I remember how to put this back together.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2016, 10:48:45 pm »
You know the arcade channel I'd watch?

I get to go around with my camera and film Yots, Neph, Ond, Le Chuck, chopper, Vwbus, Mal, Opt, etc. while they do these sweet ass projects.

I'm going to buy a lottery ticket so I can get started booking those flights.

Birdman is my bro.  :cheers:

And this project looks sweet LeChuck.  :applaud:

yotsuya

  • (+21)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 14419
  • 2014 UCA Winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 ZapCon Winner
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137636.msg1420628.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2016, 11:14:24 pm »
You know the arcade channel I'd watch?

I get to go around with my camera and film Yots, Neph, Ond, Le Chuck, chopper, Vwbus, Mal, Opt, etc. while they do these sweet ass projects.

I'm going to buy a lottery ticket so I can get started booking those flights.

Birdman is my bro.  :cheers:

And this project looks sweet LeChuck.  :applaud:
Only if you make sure to promise to film the entire journey from Tulsa to all the other cities, but sped up and played with the Benny Hill theme.

harveybirdman

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2102
  • SHMUP'EM
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2016, 11:20:12 pm »
As long as that represents a mere 4% of the content then I'm with you.

No one wants to see a middle aged beer bellied nerd eat a belvita on a plane while emulating the GBA on his smartphone, especially when they tuned in expecting arcade craftsmanship.

But I would have a RUSH soundtrack to honor the ol Getty Leecade lost project.

yotsuya

  • (+21)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 14419
  • 2014 UCA Winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 ZapCon Winner
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137636.msg1420628.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2016, 11:27:35 pm »
All those fun hijinks we had at ZapCon, and nobody bothered to film it.

And Chuck, your ass better be there next year!

Aceldamor

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 866
  • You know you hear the music in your head...
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2016, 11:42:18 pm »
Harvey has to stop at every arcade on the way and set the high score on every 1943 machine he can find...demz the rulez.
Fuzzy Wuzzy was a woman!

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2016, 09:34:19 am »
I tell ya, you miss ONE arcade convention and it's nothing but shame and guilt for a YEAR!  ;)

Thanks for the kudos all! 

yotsuya

  • (+21)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 14419
  • 2014 UCA Winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 ZapCon Winner
    • forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137636.msg1420628.html
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2016, 11:00:17 am »
I tell ya, you miss ONE arcade convention and it's nothing but shame and guilt for a YEAR!  ;)

Thanks for the kudos all!
It's because you were missed, bro...

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2016, 11:32:09 am »
I tell ya, you miss ONE arcade convention and it's nothing but shame and guilt for a YEAR!  ;)

Thanks for the kudos all!
It's because you were missed, bro...

:fistbump

Lucky S.O.B.

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 83
  • Mmmmm.... Donuts!
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2016, 10:51:36 pm »
Any updates on this build? Anxiously waiting....


cj138

  • (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 28
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2016, 07:41:58 pm »
Yes, yes, let the Blanche on Blanche action commence.  Got a theme picked out?

Le Chuck

  • I want a new quote!
  • Wiki Contributor
  • (+6)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 4975
  • I may have forgotten to whom I am talking.
Re: The one where Chuckles finally builds his kids a pedestal
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2016, 03:09:58 pm »
Not a major update but I haven't been pissing my time away...unless you count the time at work or doing stuff I don't like, which in that case, I have. 

That aside it's all prep for paint now.  The wood fab is pretty easy and fun, the painting goes by in a flash, but this bit takes forevaar.  It also isn't terribly interesting but maybe I'll talk about my process a bit. 


Yeah, so don't mind the potato pic here, it was dark.  At any rate, this is right after the first coat of primer and the coat of bondo to fill voids.  I'm at 120 grit here.


Once I rub all the bondo down to a useable surface I hit it with the second coat of primer.  This tells me where I need to float the glaze.  I move up to 220 grit and start a cycle of glaze, sand, prime, glaze sand prime...until I get something I'm happy with.  This isn't it by the way, this is only coat two.  I'm on coat five meow. 


Here are the products I use.  Once I get through the prep cycle I'll hit the first coat and then progressive sand between coats up to a finish I'm happy with ~400-600.  With the paints I'm using there isn't much gain past that.  If you want to go higher and get glossier you need to start baking and I'm not equipped for that. 

I can only do about a coat and half a day because the glaze and primers need time to set so I take my time.  In the means I've been cutting the plexi.  More on that later. 
« Last Edit: July 24, 2016, 03:11:51 pm by Le Chuck »

  
 

Sitemap 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31