Monday, October 30, 2006

This weekend I worked hard and got the rest of the pieces of the arcade prepped and stained. They all turned out pretty well. A couple of minor blemishes here and there, but there's nothing that anyone besides me will be able to see.

I just ordered an air compressor and a Critter spray gun that should arrive today, so I'm going to use that to spray coats of polyurethane on the recently stained pieces. Hopefully this will be faster and better looking than using the old foam brush method.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I've had yet another delay, this time due to an injury. I was sharpening a cabinet scraper and my hand slipped and I cut the hell out of my finger. It's taken me nearly two weeks to even get back to the point where my finger is somewhat useable.

I have done a little bit of work despite my injury. I've gotten the 2nd tier constructed. It turned out pretty well, although my clamping and gluing of the mitred corners weren't perfect. I ended up using a dowel peg system to connect the top to the 2nd tier sides. I also came up with a way to attach a USB joystick to the control panel in such a way as to make it look like it was custom built for the tier.

The finishing of all of these pieces has also begun. Last night I got the one of the side panels stained. Tonight I'll probably work on staining either the 2nd tier or the front panel.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Another long delay has occurred in my postings, but have no fear I've stil lbeen working hard in the interim. So first off I've finished cutting the side panels and the coin door (pictured below). I'm also almost done with the second tier of the control panel (which will hold a 4-way joystick, a spinner, a flight stick, and of course some more buttons. The second tier will also be interchangeable so that later I can add positional guns or steering wheels to my ubercade. Hmmm, maybe that's not a bad name for it: Ubercade....

Anyway, as soon as I finish with the second tier I'll post some pics of it. Then I have to stain and polyurethane EVERYTHING.