In this section, we offer more information on the materials that our products are produced with, as well as some insight into our manufacturing processes.
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- The Nature of our Materials
- Pre-Assembly Preparation
- Assembling your Arcade Cabinet
- Frequently Asked Questions
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The Nature of our Materials
Our products are created from unfinished wood, most commonly Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and Melamine-Covered Hardboard.
MDF is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood into wood fibres, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. The end product is a smooth panel that is strong and smooth, sandable, paintable and easy to finish.
Melamine-Covered Hardboard is a professional, versatile product, which is made using plywood or particleboard that has a strong, smooth Melamine covering glued to its surface. The result is a “finished” surface that is ready for decal or paint application.
We use 5/8″ wood to provide the best quality product without adding too much weight, and also to provide the most options available for t-molding. Most of the high-quality t-molding manufacturers carry stock on 5/8″ and 3/4″ widths, with the majority of offerings being in the 5/8″ width size.
During the manufacturing of your new arcade cabinet, our CNC machining process use high tool speeds and low feed rates to assure a high quality finish. Heavy cuts are avoided, and rather, multiple low-depth cuts are favoured. This assures very crisp and defined cuts and professional results, with edges that can be extremely sharp. For this reason, we recommend you DO NOT run your fingers along the edge, as they can cause serious cuts. During the manufacturing process, you may also find that some small residual tabs (usually appearing as small nubs, left over from the manufacturing process) remain on some of the edges, especially when the parts are smaller. These may need to be sanded down, to provide a 100% smooth surface.
Our products use mortise and tenon joinery (sometimes referred to as ‘slots’ and ‘tabs’) to assure strong bonds, and to remove the need to use fasteners such as screws or nails. This means you won’t need to fill or repair any unnecessary holes, because there simply aren’t any. All you will need to assemble your arcade cabinet is a rubber mallet, a number of clamps and some wood glue.
Prior to assembly, we recommend you test fit all of the pieces of your arcade cabinet, to make sure you have solid connections. (Once you have glued the pieces in place, it will be almost impossible to remove them without damaging the material!) Due to tight tolerances between mated parts, you may need to trim or sand down the edges before you insert some tabs into the appropriate slots. Make sure that all of the joints can be inserted firmly, and without being forced. Light taps with the rubber mallet will assist with this activity.
You may want to install your t-molding prior to assembling your arcade cabinet. (If you are using MDF, however, you may want to finish the wood of your arcade cabinet with paint, prior to installing t-molding.) Because there are different types of t-molding, with different depth profiles, you may choose to use wood glue in the slot to provide a more permanent fit. Tap in the t-molding using your rubber mallet, and trim any ends with a sharp razor blade or utility knife.Top