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The making of the Weecade MAME cabinet
Project MAME  -  Weecade   -  TaitoRama  -   Nanocade  -   ArcadeStik  -  econ

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Design & Woodworking

Feeling much more confident after making my first MAME cabinet, I decided to do a much more precise 2d model in Autocad. The 3D model is just a simple model.

This should make a much faster and easier cabinet to build than Project Mame.

I decided to go with a bartop design. The whole idea  is to make it as small as possibly for a 17" LCD and two player setup with decent sound system.

The sides were easily cut out in 12mm MDF board. I used 16mm for Project Mame, but WeeCade is a much smaller bartop and 12mm is more than enough.
The mouldings is mounted with glue and screws. Use plenty glue, it will make it much stronger and less likely to dry out later.
The buttom is mounted and the backpanel is tested on with the PSU. There aren't much room for mistakes in this cabinet, not much at all actually. This also makes it a fun cabinet to build.
The speaker-board and top of the cabinet is placed. I also tried to fit the control panel.

The control panel is made from 1.5 mm stainless steel.

I also tested if the light would fit.

Finally the bezel and marquee is made and they fit perfectly.

The marquee is mounted with steel frames.

29mm hole for pinball/coin input it made.
I made this panel to be mounted on the backpanel.

2 x USB
1 x headphone
1 x mic
1 x Powerbutton
1 x Volumecontrol (not installed yet)

Here is the back. I got the PCB from a midi-tower cabinet.
Time to paint the WeeCade.

First two layers of primer. This is important, always use primer first.


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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.




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