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



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, 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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