Shortly after I first downloaded MAME, I found out people were building arcade style cabinets to house computers running MAME. Not only that, they were building control interfaces using original arcade hardware and doing lots of other cool stuff to trick out their cabinets.
I knew back then, that some day I'd have to start my own MAME cabinet project. But, aside from playing some MAME games on and off over the years I didn't think too much more about it, until I fired up MAME one day to show my 6 year old son some of the old games I like to play. One thing lead to another and a trip to the hardware store was in order.
The first thing I did was dig up the old plans I had printed out years ago. The ones I had were drawn up by Lucid, I really like the general shape of his plans. But the ones I finally went with were based on Lucid's but modified a little, and I modified them a little more for my project.
|This is the basic side panel design I went with.|
|I cut the first sheet late in the day on Saturday (Oct. 22), then cut the second one on Sunday (Oct. 23), total time of drawing and cutting was less than 2 hours.|
This past Friday after work, I cut the piece for the bottom and attached the casters, then Saturday between watching football games I attached the sides to the base.
|Sides are glued and screwed to the base and the monitor shelf is roughed in.|
|I lost control of the project while my son played some DBZ.|
|Now it's ready to be stripped back down and painted. I put in a different monitor and speakers than I had yesterday, and I may end up changing these again, but this will do for now.|