Reproducing a Classic Gaming Kiosk (Part 13)
 

            I guess 13 truly is an unlucky number.    Pulled a bunch of images from my camera to continue making another page or two more tonight.   Unfortunately it looks as if 3 or 4 photo's have been lost, so I'm going to have to talk through the instructions with no photo's to go by to get everyone up to the point where I can continue the photo's again.

            The work has long since been done, so its difficult to go back.      So, back to work....    Time for the TV shelf.    Take a piece of the 12" x 48" black shelving and using whats left of the 8' 2x4s cut a piece 48" long and two pieces 6" long.    Drilling 4 holes evenly spaced out along the 48" side of the shelf.    Now dab some glue onto the top of the 2x4 and screw several 3" screws into the 2x4 through the holes on the shelf.    Drill 2 more holes onto the ends of the shelf and dab some glue onto the 6" pieces and then screw them onto the shelf as well.     This sort of looks very similar to the base of the kiosk.     The long 2x4 is for strength and the side pieces will be connected to the side panels of the kiosk.    For some additional strength, screw a final screw from the ends of the 48" 2x4 into the side 6" 2x4's.

            Repeating the same process of drilling out holes, counter-sinking and screwing in the bolts, mount the TV shelf so that it sits 3" higher then the top back edge of the control panel.   Don't worry that the 2x4's are not painted black.    These will not be seen as the 24" x 48" piece of the plexiglass is going to be placed in front of the TV shelf.

            You may be out of 2x4's by now (I have a large pile as I'm also finishing my basement in the house) so if you need more, pick up another piece as we are going to need at least one more 8' piece.      Take a piece of 2x4 thats at least 20" long.      Using your tablesaw cut two lengths that are 1"-1 1/2" thick.     Line this up at the front edge of the TV shelf and screw them vertically into the inside of the side panels.    These are the vertical supports and screw-in posts for the plexiglass when we mount it.
 

            Now onto the plexiglass....    You will need to decide what size TV you'll be using.   A 20" TV is about as big as you want to go.  27" will be too big unless you want to do away with the vinyl lettering across the top of the display on the plexiglass "The Arcade Quality Video Game System"     This really adds to the look and I personally would recommend its inclusion.    Also remember something, your not sitting 10-15 feet from the TV screen, you are standing in front of the kiosk just like you would be in front of an arcade game.   19" or 20" TV's will definitely do the trick.      So,  choose your TV, if you've got one, great!   If you need to pick up one up just to dedicate to the kiosk, go to Best Buy, Ames, Circuit City or any place you frequent for your Audio/Video needs.   (I'd avoid Radio Shack, their TV prices are ridiculously high)     I picked up a nice 20" TV for $129 from Ames.
 

            Take your measurements of the TV screen width and its starting height from the bottom and its top height.     Add 3" to the bottom height since 3" of the plexiglass will be blocking the TV shelf.   Now add the bottom height to that from the TV and then the top height.     Now, take your measurements and lets go to the plexiglass.     When picking up a sheet, find one that has the protective coating that is smooth and tight.   Some sheets have protective coating that may be wrinkled, avoid those, we need a flat smooth protective coating.     Using your measurements, draw out the box in the center of the plexiglass onto the protective coating.   Using an exacto blade, cut out the tracing and then peel away all of the surrounding protective cover leaving a box in the center.   This will be where the TV will display through the plexiglass.     Pick up a can of black spray paint and spray a coating onto the plexiglass, wait 15 mins and repeat 2-3 more times to make sure you have a thick and completely covered surface.

            You can check by lifting the plexiglass up and peel back a section of the protective coating on the otherside of the plexiglass and see if its a solid black surface.   If not, shoot another coat or two to make sure.    Let dry for 30-45 mins and then peel off the whole protective coating on the otherside and then on the painted side, using the exacto blade pick a corner of the coating up enough to grab with your fingers, then peel it off.    While you've got that can of spray paint handy, lets also take care of one other thing....

            For the display case your height should be around 30 1/2" high, so you can pick up two sheets of 30"x32" plexiglass and also pick up a sliding door guide kit.    Cut the sliding door rails to 48" long and paint them black as well.      While at Home Depot (or Lowes) also pick up a plexiglass scoring tool.    The plexiglass sliding doors will need to be cut down to 30 3/8" high by 26" wide (we want a little overlap) and using a file, smooth out the edges and round out the corners a bit too.    Then at 15" high cut out a 1" hole on each plexiglass door for finger holes to slide the doors, sand them too so they are smooth.      Okay, almost there, lets mount the plexiglass display, line up the TV for a check, then rub on the vinyl lettering above the display openeing.       Then its time to drill some holes for cabling and time to wire up those controls.
 


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