I say Half restoration because the check book says I have to for now! Even though I'd like to do a real resto, I can't, so I have to use anything I can right now, then pick at it over time. I did buy new plastics and almost all of the inserts for the play field. The play field isn't in the best of shape.
This one will take me a while. I have a few different projects(DE Simpsons, Heavy Metal Metdown,Pacman, and ICE Flintstones) and I usually jump to which ever one I have some materials, parts, or whatever to work on them.
I'll be touching up the play field too..But for now I'm building a cabinet.I bought the wood months ago.
I wasn't originally going to post this but I wanted to so other low budget guys can see that you can do it with minimal tools. I read awesome restoration threads, but sometimes even 50 bucks extra is a rarity! And parts and materials add up fast!!
The High Speed cabinet was a mess, I could have repaired it, but it was actually cheaper and easier to build another cabinet.
I started this cabinet with a dremel and a circular saw! It was working out ok, Then I picked up a router! My Grandfather had all kinds of tools and my grandmother was generous enough to give me a router and my Dad gave me a few bits. Unfortunately the bearings locked today! haha
So, minimal tools. It is time consuming, but can be done. Using the circular saw, I had to make guides and sometimes leave wood longer than I needed to screw it down to 2x4's as a way to hold it so the circular saw wouldn't take my fingers out trying to cut smaller pieces. I do have a chop saw, or miter saw but it's only good for short stuff. I have a few mistakes, but I'm actually shocked at how well it's coming out. One of my biggest mistakes was the router getting away from me on the shooter hole! That ticked me off, it will never be seen, but I know it's there.
Anyhow, Here are some pics...I may have them out of order...I always seem to do that..They are out of order but you'll get the idea. Another small mistake is in the last pic. When I measured to route one of my grooves I was an 8th off, oopps! By the time I figured it out It was too late, glue and nails were already in. Bugs me, but I'll have to live with it! But it won't happen on the next one!!! Another ws the groove around the bottom, I've never used a router before and it took me a little while to get use to it. It walked on me in a couple places, nothing huge, but again...I know it's there and by the time I was done, I had it figured out. Won't happen on the next one.
The support for the backbox was just laying on the cabinet, I have to build the rest of it before it gets glued and nailed. I was working on that this evening when I locked the router up. I'm going to break it free ad some grease and hope I can limp it to the end!!
The burn marks are from the way I was cutting it. But I got the stuff really accurate!! I'm dead on or 1/16 th of at the most. Except my groove mistake. haha
I did most of this in a driveway, never mind the background mess, I moved stuff from storage to the garage and haven't gone through it yet. So stuff is piled everywhere.
I'll add more later.....