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    Cool Finally After 2Years My STAR WARS Battle of Vader" Gonna Gets his Cabinet WIP

    Hello to all
    After 2 years it will finally happen. And I finally started building my "Pachinko" Cabinet.

    I'll post pictures here for those interested. and keep updating until completion.
    Don't ask me for design drawings there aren't any !

    That is my way of working, I start with a rough sketch, and gradually it changes.
    It is a hellish job as there are many things to take into account. Most of the time actually creeps into designs.
    You also have to think Always 10 steps ahead, so that you are not faced with unpleasant surprises.
    (Almost looks like a game of Chess ;-) Really takes a lot of time.

    But because the Pachinko's usually use standard sizes, it is always possible to use it for other Pachinko's in the future!

    I hope I can please someone with this or give someone ideas.

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    Cool, can't wait to see!!

    "Blowing smoke rings at the moon."

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    Default Re: Finally After 2Years My STAR WARS Battle of Vader" Gonna Gets his Cabinet W

    First Set ! Not gonna comment to much ,but feel free to ask if there are Questions !
    Cabinet 01.jpgCabinet 02.jpgCabinet 03.jpgCabinet 04.jpgCabinet 05.jpg

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    There are of course plenty of choices such as.
    - Free-standing - biggest advantage "movable"
    Disadvantage "can tip over if you open it"
    (You can leave it open from behind and work on it like this instead
    of opening it in front, but it doesn't seem that practical to me)


    - Hanging on the wall - advantage - more compact.
    Disadvantage "must be pretty shure of the place where you hang it"


    One of my main requirements was that you have to be able to put your knees under it.
    (so you can sit at it like at a table) but at the same time, your eyes must be in level with the video screen.
    to get the best experience.


    I think I am succeeding in that after a lot of thinking and calculating.

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    Totally agree with the knees under and eye at level video, this is my main concern too ! Nice work !

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    what is the medium?? kinda looks like mdf and it kinda resembles particle board.. the blue green hue has me confused, we (in the US) sell dimensional lumber that looks like that it is Borate soap treated for bug resistance..
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    Wow, looks super fancy so far!!

    "Blowing smoke rings at the moon."

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    The greenish is moisture resistant MDF, although it is claimed that it is hard to the core, but you do notice that the top layer is harder, so if you mill through this, you will end up with a softer and less firm structure and have treated that with a primer to give it a bit more hold. for the back opted for plywood because it is stronger. and because I want to hang it with a "French Cleat" and MDF doesn't seems to me not really suitable for that.
    You also have to keep the cost price in check. I've noticed that you can also use wood glue instead of primer, it absorbs well into the wood, I recommend it especially to treat the end edges of MDF before you start painting, then your paint will absorb less into the wood, it seals the wood, as it were.

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    For the volume of the ball pit at the top and bottom I have also taken into account the number of balls that I am going to use, if you make them too small is not good, and if they are too large you will not see the balls laying in there (because I wish to make windows in the ball pits so i can quickly check them without opening them)(at first I had 1000 but that makes no sense for a modern Pachinko, I quickly found out! especially if you hit the Jackpot !!) Can you imagine when i bought the machine it came with 250 Balls . Then I bought 2000 more and I suspect that it will make it a bit less labor intensive.
    Of course you can also work with a ball lifter, but I think it is too expensive and I think the hassle with the balls has something to it, for me it ads to the fun of it. But again 1000 is a little less, then you are constantly busy with the balls :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGneiss View Post
    Wow, looks super fancy so far!!
    Sure it's Fancy ;-) It has to be !!!
    Otherwise I will not sell it to my wife that it's destination is gonna be the "Living Room"

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    "Blowing smoke rings at the moon."

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    I spent a few days working out a system to prevent the top ball pit from emptying when you open the Packinko. As a base I used a piece of laminate flooring, it is also a kind of MDF but very solid structure. and 2 stainless steel plates of +/- 1mm. I deliberately kept this thin because it cuts better through the balls when you close the lock. I also suspect that the round hole in the slide is also responsible for this. instead of just a straight side that has to cut through the balls. the 4 small holes 2 on each side i use to keep the thing together (I used little bolts & nuts so the wood wont break from tension if using screws)
    The 4 Bigger holes 2 on each side i use to mount it in the cabinet)I I will add some photos of the mounted system later,
    Questions are always welcome.
    Cabinet 16.jpgCabinet 17.jpgCabinet 19.jpgCabinet 20.jpgCabinet 21.jpgCabinet 22.jpgCabinet 23.jpg

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    Bravo, Brava
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    Not that I am that far, but I still ask myself the question.
    To mount the pachinko in the cabinet, I will probably first have to mount the frame in the cabinet.
    Now my question is, how is the easiest way to remove that frame from the pachinko
    without damaging it. is there a procedure? Haven't looked at it that well yet.

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    I have parlour toggle clamps screwed to the cabinet that pinch the pachinko outer frame. Previously I lifted the main pachi out of the outer frame. This various between frame type. Most just lift straight off in the open position. Although some have a catch that needs to be released first.
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    Thanks for the info, I'm going to check out the pachinko over the weekend.
    Those modern pachinko's have so much plastic on them . I think you have to be careful with that, you don't just buy spare parts for that if you break something. I will definitely take my time.


    The cabinet is making good progress. if i find the time tomorrow, post some more photos in tomorrow :-)

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    That looks pretty sweet! You could probably sell those!

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