Picture of resurrect an old arcade marquee
if your as big of a old school video game freak you might have an old arcade marquee. this will show you how to do something besides have it setting around dust!!! also found this on the web any one who has time check this out and find my love for this game :
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Step 1: Gather the stuff

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my "wooden box" was made from nothing but junk and scrap wood. I used a florescent bulb holder, scrap mdf and an old marquee oh yeah and if desired spray paint!!

Step 2: Cutting the wood

Picture of cutting the wood
as you can see from the picture I used scraps of wood. but I cut the side pieces, then with a table saw cut in notches were the marquee will slide in and out of. the 2nd picture is the pieces with the new notches. the 3rd is showing how when complete will hold the marquee. now time to cut the top and bottom pieces as shown in the 4th picture! if you can see I used a staple gun to attach everything because my father didn't put it away and anything to relate with a gun seems cool to me and its a lot faster.

Step 3: Putting it together

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now cut the back to fit and put it together. this project is a pretty straight forward project thats why I didn't go in to detail. but as seen in the picture, this is it with everything except the top the next picture shows ho the top is put on this is so I can open the top to replace the bulb with less fuss. after this step go prime the casing if needed yo can first coat th mdf with a mixture of %80 elmers glue and %20 water this will give a nice finish due to the mdf being so porous. after that insert the electrics and *DONE* just buy a bulb ( which is what I need to still do hence why the tutorial isn't done)
tornadoboy5 years ago
Great idea, especially for marquee's from rare games which can be gotten for next to nothing off Ebay! You may want to try rigging it up with LEDs instead, in the long run might save you some $ on electricity.
Jeremy B6 years ago
What is the most slim you can make the housing box without worrying about a fire hazard?
slimguy379 (author)  Jeremy B6 years ago
oh, idk but you want enough room for light to disperse into the marquee for a nice decent light coverage
mbgreen36 years ago
Love it! I need a bit more info, please. How deep is the box and what was the wattage of the light? I'm a novice, so any advice is appreciated.
slimguy379 (author)  mbgreen36 years ago
it really all depends on th size of the marquee. some are bigger than others. and idk the wattage it is what ever bulb i could get,
Head Wound6 years ago
Great way to salvage old arcade marquee. Your Project came out great, and it looks like it can be easily adapted to building a arcade cabinet. My only criticism is the use of hot glue to fasten the light holder to the wood, since the light makes some heat. I would of used a 2 part epoxy like JB weld instead.
rc jedi6 years ago
cool idea, my kids would love that in their rooms
slimguy379 (author)  rc jedi6 years ago
I like your id icon :)
I don't have a stortrooper costume, but i DO have an R2D2.
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slimguy379 (author)  rc jedi6 years ago
what did you build that out of*? and is there any other use for it besides looking cool? *maybe you should make a instructable....... maybe?
it's body is sonotube, a paper tube to mold concrete piers. dome is 18"
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Clayton H.6 years ago
Now some one came out with a dove tail jig which might put it together easily.
not sure if you meant to spell the title like that on purpose, but its spelled "resurrect"