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#1 stevepax

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:00 AM

I am finally making progress on my build again. Today, I pretty much finished my lockdown bar, made to fit my homemade cabinet, which is a custom size. I thought I'd share pictures here in case it helps other folks in the future. This is just the woodworking part, so hopefully you can see the pieces before I finish sanding, priming, painting, clearcoating.

It's a simple 3/4" pine board, but additional strips around the edges to exactly hug the cabinet, cut at an angle where necessary. Then plywood underneath as well to hold against the inside of the cabinet corners (cut at an angle as well). Hooks will go into the plywood to hold it down from inside with turnbuckle bolts. A groove is routed in the one side for the front edge of the glass to slide under it. I'll put a bit of foam weatherstripping in that groove to pad the glass.

Every edge is heavily rounded over with a simple router roundover bit so it feels nice to wrap your hands around the edges.

It fits quite snugly. I can access the holddown inside through the passive air intake hatch you can see in the third picture, which I sized large enough to easily fit my arm into since I have no coin door.

Please let me know if you have questions.


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Edited by stevepax, 17 May 2018 - 04:03 AM.


#2 legin

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:07 AM

Nice work Steve,

 

How are you going to finish it - paint, stain poly, oil?  It will get some wear.  



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

Nice. I did close to the same bar in poplar. I painted satin black.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 03:00 PM

Nice work Steve,
 
How are you going to finish it - paint, stain poly, oil?  It will get some wear.


I'm going to use a good primer, several coats of glossy black spray, and a few topcoats of a clear glossy spray. Yes, it will get some wear. I'll be interested in seeing just how long it lasts. In any case, if we wear through the paint, it'll be easy enough to recoat.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 03:04 PM

Nice craftsmanship!!!



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:04 PM

Looks good... I've been noodling the same challenge recently but think I'm going to try and and have thiner edges. Likely mean more gluing as I'm not sure I'll be able to fire a finishing nail into it but I'm trying to get tighter to the edge to more closely mimic the real thing.



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:34 AM

very nice work!



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:14 PM

Wow, your wooden lockdown bar looks really complicated.

 

Here's how I did mine:

 

http://boltbait.com/...le1.php#lockbar

 

I haven't painted it yet, but I will.  I'm still working on my build.


Edited by BoltBait, 09 October 2019 - 03:51 AM.

How I built my B2S Pinball Cabinet, step-by-step, with pictures!  Full-sized cabinet for ~$700. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you!

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