Vewlix Tournament Edition Worklog 08
Creating the Vewlix top marquee
- 18″ x 24″ – .093″ thick Acrylic Sheet – $8.98
- Marino Ware 10 ft Metal J-Bead – $2.60
- (6) 1/4″ x 1/4″ Binding Post with Screw – $3.42
- Optional 1/2″ x 17ft Gray High-Density Foam Weatherstrip Tape – $3.49
Step 1: Cutting the Acrylic Sheet
Cut 2 pieces of acrylic that are 297mm x 204mm.
If you fiddle with the Acrylic cutting tools, and are not patient enough to spend hours of your life scoring the acrylic, you will snap it.
I am not patient, so I ended up using a jigsaw with a blade for cutting fine metal.
Here you can see the acrylic is cut to size and ready for the ‘Binding Post’ fasteners.
Step 2: Cut the Metal J-Bead to size
Cut the 10′ of Metal J-Bead to be the same width as your acrylic: 403mm
In the above photo you can see mine cut to length.
Step 3: Drill the holes for the ‘Binding Post’ fasteners
On your acrylic, mark a place to drill the holes 10mm in from the right and left sides. 15mm up from the top and the bottom and somewhere in the center between your top and bottom holes in the sides.
I drilled a small hole in the metal (as well as acrylic) first.
Then used a 1/4″ drill bit to make the hole big enough for the fasteners.
Small hole in acrylic. The circle was drawn by placing the metal J-Bend in place and tracing the holes I had already drilled in that to make sure it would line up properly.
Step 4: Attach the Metal J-Bend to your cabinet
Drill 3 holes in the bottom of the Metal J-Bend. Then line it up in the proper spot on the top of your cabinet and mark and drill 3 holes. Then use (3) 1″ drywall screws to attach it.
I picked a spot 3/4″ back from the front bevel for the marquee to be mounted.
Then I measured and centered it horizontally.
And finally, drilled the 3 holes.
Step 5: Assemble the marquee
Align your artwork in the center of the bottom sheet of acrylic. You may want to use 2 small pieces of double sided tape to keep it from moving when sandwiching it between the 2 pieces of acrylic. Lastly, place one side of the ‘Binding Post’ fastener through the back of the 2 sheets of acrylic and screw the other side on to hold them together.
If you are using the Evil Ryu and Oni side cards, trace the holes in your acrylic onto the cards and the cut out the holes (a hole punch should work). This will hold them in position on the sides of the marquee
The fully assembled marquee w/ side cards. The top and middle ‘Biding Post’ fasteners are together. The bottom right and left only have the back through. That is how I attached it to the metal base previously screwed to the top of the cabinet.
I cut a couple of pieces of the weatherstripping tape and placed them between the back of the Metal J-Bend and the acrylic to keep them as far forward as possible.
Once you’ve screwed the bottom 2 ‘Binding Post’ fasteners together, this should be the finished product.