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The making of the Project MAME Arcade Cabinet

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Design & Woodworking
Project MAME started as a simple sketch, but was eventually made in Autocad 2008.

Next I made a 1:10 model in cardboard, from an old box.

Having no experience with JAMMA, I choose to buy a X-Arcade board, even though I designed the cabinet to fit a custom-made at a later point. (As you will see, I have replaced the X-arcade)

Some of the key elements in my design is:

- Compact design using a TFT monitor
- Keeping the retro feel and look
- Good ergonomics
- Rather low weight



With the drawings, I visited my dads, knowing he has a lot of tools.

I bought theese items at the DIY retailer:

-1x 16mm MDF/HDF board
-1/2 12mm MDF/HDF board
-6 meters of 25x25mm strips, made with a circular saw.
-3mm plexiglass 700x1000mm

Then it was just a question of cutting the boards and put it together by glue and screws.

All the edges was processed by a milling machine, to make it nice and smooth.



This is the back of the mame cabinet. Good ventilation for PC in the bottom and the monitor in the top. Thank God for the milling machine.
The X-Arcade fits like a glove and there is a draw for the keyboard and mouse. I think it is a nice touch.

A layer of primer, makes the paint stick much better and it will last much longer. This is not a step to skip.



A whole lot of sanding afterwards...

And then another coat of primer to make the finish more professional ;D


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If you decide to make your own MAME cabinet using my drawings, please feel free to make a donation,  as I'm trying to raise enough money to make a new up-right cabinet, that's hard to do as a student.


See the work drawings and artwork here
Video of the process here


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