Step 9: Control Panel

There are many options for button layouts, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what would be best.

Prepare Control Panel:

- Decide on a Layout, I included a few options in the ZIP below.

- Print or layout your pattern onto the 22"x11" MDF panel cut earlier.

- Before doing anything, cut out the front edge, it should be rounded evenly.

-  If the panel is all cut out and its edges finished to your liking, continue, if its not consider doing it again.

- Now lay down the pattern and mark all the holes, mark the button holes differently then say the holes for the screws that hold the joysticks on. Keeping in mind what side of the panel you want face up.

Drilling the Panel:
*My buttons required a 1 1/8th inch hole, yours might be different, so look into it.

I drilled as many of the holes as I could with my drill press then used my old Rockwell power drill(circa 1960s and still works) to finish the other holes.

- Ensure the holes are straight and on their mark.

- Drill out all the control buttons.

- I used the same 1 1/8th hole saw to drill out the joystick hole

- With a 1/8th bit drill out the mounting holes for the joysticks.

- Optionally, with a countersink bit, counter sink the holes to use v-head screws

- Or don't countersink them and use round-top screws.


- Sand down the edges

- Give it several coatings of paint

- Apply any decals or what not, vector files for my design is in the ZIP file.

- Apply a few to several layers of polyurethane.

Hello i have been searching EVERYWHERE and emailing TONS of people but nobody helps. I have it built all the way but just need to know how to wire the monitor, mobo, speakers, and marquee light together so that they all turn on at the same time from one push button on the back. Please reply asap or if anyone else can help, please email me to "deeznuts4298@yahoo.com". thanks
All the lights and audio amp are hooked up to the PC's power supply from a spare Molex(Hard drive and CD-Drive) connector, so when I hit the computer's power button it starts the power supply which turns on the lights, the audio amp and the monitor turns on when the PC boots. But if you are using speakers with their own PSU you will need to find a power strip with a on/off switch and set the computer to boot when it gets power.
I've read through several times. Also visited your website. I can't find any details on the dimensions of the side panels. Since you've included details for every other piece of wood, I'm guessing this was just an oversight. Although I could just approximate my own from the photos, I'd rather not reinvent the wheel. I might have to make a slight modification depending on how my monitor fits, otherwise I see no reason not to follow your dimensions. <br> <br>Other than that, I think I follow everything else and am ready to start building.
It was an oversight, since I had full size print of the side panels that I used. I amended Step 2 with a diagram that shows the lengths.
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