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Project:: Arcade

Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet

Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 14.08.2010
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Painting

 

At first I was planning on using wood stain as surface finish. I wasn't able to find the colors that I wanted to so I had to turn to paints. This in turn leads to the down side of the plywood that I mentioned in the first page...

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

Filling and sanding. Plywood may feel flat and smooth but it really isn't. You need to cover the whole surface with filler and then sand the pieces smooth. It takes time and effort and at the time when the photo was taken, I was running out of time pretty nicely. This because I had set a deadline of the Assembly event for the build.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

I also said that there would have been better options as building material. If you know that you will need to paint the surface, use MDF to construct the cabinet. The surface is really smooth to begin with and you don't need to prep it like with plywood.

In this photo we have few sanded pieces and also couple of test panels painted black that I make to check if I needed to do the filling and sanding process. And as we all know, I did.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

I used couple of spray cans of primer to seal the wood for painting.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

And here we have some panels painted already. I used brush to apply the paint. The paint itself was made for painting furniture and it should handle both indoors and out.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

Close up of one of the panels. I believe it was around 5:00am when I was doing the painting but in the end everything worked out quite well. The finished surface isn't 100% flat and smooth but the glossy finish makes up for that.




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