Life's been busy. Traveled one weekend to Tennessee, spent the next weekend rebuilding the garden, spent the weekend after that at a friend's funeral. Well, I got exciting news for you.. I cut the plywood for the playfield:
Told you it was exciting (NOT). I mean, I basically took a 2' x 4' piece and trimmed it down to 45" long x 20-1/4" wide. My first cut ripped the edge pretty bad (glad I started long at 46"), then remembered back to my wood shop days that adding some masking tape holds it together. I had to stop mid-way on the long side, which created a slight jagged. I'm figuring I"m gonna have to sand the edges no matter what.
I left a 1/8" gap on each side which sounds like a lot, but I'm also intending to add side rails into the playfield (photos later). Basically imagine mirror blades made from 1/16" aluminum permanently mounted to the side of the playfield rather than the cabinet. If there's one thing I hate in pinball it's how tight playfields are from the cabinet, which inevitably causes scratches to happen.
Once I get the wood sanded down, I'm going to start populating the basic parts. Probably going to export my solidworks layout to paper 1:1 scale.