My Cocktail Cabinet Renovation
A very quick and dirty web page to show my renovated Aussie/Japanese/UK
style cocktail cabinet.
I’ve just about finished a complete renovation of an original
Aussie/Japanese/UK style Cocktail Cabinet. It was a Jatre Spectar
(Space Invaders Clone) cabinet, originally built in Japan.
bought it off eBay in Australia in a terrible state; water damaged,
cast aluminium leg broken in transit, very dirty, lots of parts missing
and definitely not working!
I was going to try and get it
working with the original hardware, but quickly discounted this
option. I ended up striped the whole thing to bits and reusing
could, which really amounted to the wooden housing, the monitor
mounting brackets, the Joysticks (new micro-switches), various cosmetic
parts and hinges, brackets, etc.
When renovating, my goal was to keep the original look and feel of the
original ‘Invaders cabinet as much as I could.
a part of the damaged leg went missing on the back of a transportion
truck somewhere in Australia, my father-in-Law, who has a metal work
shop, made new legs using tubular steel.
I striped away all
the vinyl from the outside of the housing (it was water damaged and
mouldy), and got rid of all the residual vinyl glue from the wood
(really nice job that!). I then removed all the damaged bits of wood,
filled and sanded back.
As there was very limited space
inside the cabinet, I had to forget a coin box (it was missing anyway!)
and I use a router to fit a 120mm extraction fan where the coin box
used to be.
I then painted the whole thing inside and out with back enamel paint.
coin mechanism was there, but not working. I wanted to keep the
original exterior look of the coin slot, so I removed the inside parts
of the mechanism and made up a couple of electrical contacts on the
back of the coin eject button. The exterior look of the cabinet
therefore largely retained, but you get credits by pressing the coin
reject button. Kind of ‘round the wrong way I know!, but this
a lot of space and works really nicely.
I used a 14" PC
moniotor, a P166, DOS, Vantage and an I-PAC keyboard Emulator. It
boots from cold into the ROM in about 10 seconds and you can switch off
without the W$ shutdown process.
A new glass top was a must, the old one was more scratches than
Cabinet before renovation. Yes, thats mould on the black vinyl,
not some fancy marble effect!
Inside cabinet before renovation.
Gutted cabinet, cleaned, sanded and apinted, new legs and hole for
120mm fan where cion box used to be.
Top section on. Joysticks and buttons in. HDD, MOBO, fan and
Power Supply in place.
Closer view of above.
Completed cabinet with lid up.