Monday, August 3, 2015

Bartop Arcade Carcass: Part I, Relative Sizing

I spent much of Sunday beginning on the Bar Top Arcade Carcass project. I'll be building the wooden carcass and installing all of the electronic hardware, then sending it to a friend for wiring and setup.

Laying out the controls on the bench was the first step of determining how wide the carcass needs to be.



This first day was about sizing. Though I have a set of plans which I'm using a rough guide, the carcass needs to be individually sized around the control layout and monitor. Since Jason is adding a roller wheel which wasn't in the plans, the carcass I'm building is wider. I think it may be taller also, but the plans are in cm and I can't think that way. Rather than convert them to inches, I simply measured the monitor we'll be using and went from there.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2015 July Shop Tour

July finds the shop fairly busy, with my table saw dominated by computers.




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Saturday, July 11, 2015

First World Sanding Problems

Every once in a while I run into a major problem in the shop.

This time, I decided to make it into a silly video.





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Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Years On


My first Post was July 10th, 2010. This post is my 460th. Thanks for reading.





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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dave's Trophy, Part IV

Finally, I wrapped up Dave's Trophy. Once the finish was done, all that remained was to glue it up.

Dry fit and ready.

As I mentioned in Part II, I used Marine Silicone Adhesive to attach the beer bottle columns to the walnut tiers. I did this as four (4) separate glues up.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dave's Trophy, Part III

Once I had cut the recesses for the columns and pub mug, I thought Dave's Trophy was almost done. Then I spoke with Dave.

So close - and yet - not quite done.

It seems the pub plans to attached the League Winner's name to the Trophy each season, as they do with the Stanley Cup. As it stood, my design did not leave anywhere to attach names.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dave's Trophy Part II

Dave's Trophy is a traditional, yet tacky trophy made for a fantasy football league. When I last left off, I had constructed the three (3) tiers from walnut and I was deciding how to attach the columns.

Now, how to attach the columns?
I decided on milling recesses in the walnut to house the top and bottom of the glass columns, almost like mortises. After some testing showed that the grain of the wood was the weakest link, I concluded that Marine Silicone Adhesive would make the best adhesive between the glass and wood.