Pop Bumper LEDs

Remember those Adafruit LED boards I stuck in the pop bumpers? Since this is a DIY project, I figured I’d do these myself too. I’ve designed and ordered PCBs from China, including assembly and surface-mount soldering. It’s really not a terrible price for 10 boards, though I could do way better if I solder on my own. Maybe I’ll do both, and sell a few to my DIY friends?

Leg Brackets

I put the leg brackets on and ordered a few parts I didn’t realize I was missing (why do they sell the legs separate from the feet/levelers?). They’re on now, and the backbox is fully assembled and glued together. I’m going to set it up and start moving my hardware to the new cabinet soon. Also on the list: installing the coin door and lockdown bar retainer.

Flogging a Dead Horse?

Nope, I’m gonna ride that sucker dead or alive.

Building a fence

I had to build a fence to use the cutter blade for the plastic channel that holds the glass on the cabinet. This would have been way easier before I put the cabinet together.

Plastic glass channel
Corner holes

And here I am drilling holes into the corners of the cabinet where the legs will attach. This would be nearly impossible without that little drill guide, which has a 90 degree notch on the back that lets you hold it securely while you drill into an outside corner.

That C14 power socket? Yeah, the internal leg support covers half of it. Maybe I’ll put something else there. Or notch the support bracket and keep the power there.