Step 19- The marquee area    
 
Introduction
Game Day
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Cutting the sides
Building the Base
Attaching Base/Shelf
Stand it Up
Back Beams
Ledger Boards
Add Back
The Monitor shelf
Casters
Patching and Sanding
Priming and Painting
T-Molding
Drawer Construction
Installing the Door
Door lock
Wiring Coin Door
Speaker Area
Marquee
Monitor Bezel
Appendix
 

 

 
 

I needed two boards for the marquee area, the removable top board which will have the light fixture attached to it, and the small board below the marquee.  I cut a 9" deep x 20" wide board for the top.  This is not beveled.  I also cut a small strip that is 2" wide at the narrow and a bit more at the wide point, beveled.  After you cut these, you will need to sand and paint them. 

I ordered the marquee from www.emdkay.net, which did a fantastic job!  I supplied my custom measurements, being sure to include a 3/4" black border on the top and bottom.  A week later, it arrived safe and sound in a box that could likely support my weight.  Mine was 19-15/16w x 5-3/4 actual marquee height, physical height of 7-1/4".  This included the border on top and bottom.

I cut two strips of Happ marquee retainers with a hacksaw and then sanded the cut edge well.  I cut  two pieces of 0.08" plexi with the special plexi cutter they sell.  I caught on by the third cut (there were 4 total).  Two pieces of the plexi was cut to 7"x19-15/16".  The marquee itself will sit between this.  I decided to leave the protective film on the rear piece of plexi to help defuse the light.

After I determined how far the retainers would extend out from the boards, I drilled pilot holes through the retainers.  I used 1/2" black, rounded-head, wood screws to attach them. 

I also installed the marquee lighting at this point.  I just used a 12" fluorescent bulb (3rd picture). 

 
I decided to secure the light to the top board with two 1" L brackets.  This was easy to do.  Before I did that, I dropped the end of the 6' power cord down into the cabinet and fished it out and plugged it in to a power strip, which was then plugged into my switched, wall outlet. 

 

 

Once I got the light up and working, I put the marquee into place and stood back to marvel at its beauty.  Correction,  I went for a beer, then stood back to admire the marquee's beauty.

 

 
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