Step 14- Cutting the drawer and coin door    
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

Time to create a mess outside again.  You will need to cut a piece of plywood 19" wide x 16" deep.  Also, one that is 2-1/2" tall by 19-7/8" wide, for the face drawer.  In addition, you need to cut the coin door face which is 31 x 19-7/8".  The first picture shows a test fitting of the board.  The boards under it are the shims to keep it at the right height.

Now take the measurements for the cutout of the coin door, if you are installing one, and trace them onto the door.  Cut it out carefully with a jig saw.  It doesn't have to be perfect because it will be hidden by the coin mechanism.

Sand/prime and paint these boards.  I was able to do all that in a (long) evening.  I put two coats on both sides of the door, and one coat on the drawer itself and it's face.  I let them sit overnight to finish drying.

Next, you get to install the keyboard drawer.  I first attached the side rails to the keyboard drawer.  I lined it up flush with the backside of the board and put two screws in each side.  I then attached one set of rails. 

This part is hard to describe, so you may want to look at the pics for assistance.  What I did was come down about 3-3/4" from the bottom of the controller 'U' (where the X-arcade sits).  That was where I lined up the bottom of the drawer slide.  The front was pushed back just far enough so the attached plywood face would be flush with the 1" ply strip above it when the drawer was closed.  I had problems getting this perfect, so I might not be the best person to tell you exactly how to do this.

After I got the drawer slides installed and the drawer in place, I took a drill and pre-drilled two holes through the face and into the ply base itself.  Then I took the face and drawer outside and screwed them together.  I applied another coat of paint on the face to help hide the screws.  It worked well.

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