Vewlix Tournament Edition Worklog 02
It has been 22 days since I posted the very first Worklog. I had hoped to write another post sooner, but the good news is that I’ve been working very hard on the arcade cabinet. A few days ago, I got it to the stage I could play a few rounds of Street Fighter IV on it, and it felt very good. But for now, I shall take a trip back in time to cover:
- Router – I made the 45º angles on the side pieces and round top as well as the underside of the control panel using the router. I also used it to route out the moves list compartment in the control panel.
- Drill – I drilled holes for the screws, then I also drilled a larger drill bit over the screw holes to create an area for the screw head to make sure they were flush. I did not screw in any screws with the drill.
- Jigsaw – I used the jigsaw to finish the cuts where the circular saw cuts meet. I also switched out the blades and used it to cut hardboard and acrylic sheet. I also used the jigsaw to cut away MDF from areas to get my circular saw cut started.
- Circular Saw – I used it to make long straight cuts and I adjusted the angle of the blade for edges with angles.
- Orbital Sander – I used the sander to sand down areas that don’t meet up properly once they are screwed and glued together. I used multiple grits from low to high to complete sanding.
- Level – I used it to constantly double check that everything was lining up perfect and square.
- T-Square and Ruler – I used them to draw out the shapes of the pieces on the MDF. The t-square was very helpful for right angles. I used a secondary ruler for precise measurements because, while my t-square has a ruler on it, this one is more accurate and has 32nds of an inch and millimeters.
- Clamps – I didn’t have a helper, so I used the clamps to hold the pieces while you I was cutting. I found it very handy to use a straight piece of scrap MDF and clamp it to my piece to guide the circular saw for a perfectly straight cut.
- Screwdriver – I didn’t want to strip the screw heads, and I wanted precise control of the screw, so I didn’t use a drill/power screw driver. Instead I just screwed in the screws by hand with a screwdriver.
- Pencil – To actually draw out the shapes on the MDF and hardboard.
- Sharpie (Black Permanent Marker) – To draw out shapes on the blue protective coating of the acrylic sheet.
- Mitre Saw – Not necessary. I used it for small pieces to make quick straight cuts.
- Scrap Wood – Placed between clamps to protect my pieces. I also used a straight piece to aid the circular saw for straight cuts.
- Saw Horses – You need to get the pieces up at working level somehow. I used some crappy bar stools for my saw horses.
- 3/8″ Nap Roller and Purdy Paintbrushes – I used a 6-1/2″ long roller to paint large areas and brush to paint the areas the roller wouldn’t fit. I brushed first so that the roller would smooth out those areas after.
- Foam Roller and Paintbrushes – Just like the painting above, I will be using the same 6-1/2″ roller with foam for large areas and sponge brush for smaller areas.
Next worklog: Materials and pricing!