I need to create a control panel to replace one on a full sized coin- operated arcade video game.
The original control panel made of plywood, which is covered by veneer on the outside, has roughly a "U" shape with a metal bracket in the center for added support.The control panel pictured is 24" long, and looking at it from on edge, the width of all three sides is 3-3/4" x 6" x 7".
Making the control panel exactly the same way as the original would be too difficult, so I was thinking of making one by bending 1/8" sheet metal into the same shape of the original control panel(an 11 degree bend), and screwing wood boards to the inside to get the proper thickness, and adding "L" shaped braces to the inside for support, but I was wondering how others would tackle a project like this.*** The only major difference is that the top side of the control panel where the joysticks are located would be detachable.
I don't know if there is a plausible way to make the edges rounded like the original, so I'll settle for sharper bends.
I settled on Aluminum for the metal parts because steel would require serious bending equipment I don't have access to. And I guess that plywood can be used, but may go with one of the hardwoods.(The proportion of metal and wood in this project is still an open issue).
Any thoughts, ideas, or tool/material recommendations would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot.
Darren Harris Staten Island, New York.