Building myself an arcade cabinet

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This is after the first day of hard wood work :) Considering I have no prior experience in this kind of jobs... I'm pretty happy with it! I'll post more pictures soon.

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Wow, that looks very nice. Well done. (y)
What kind of machine are you planning on putting there?
 

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Wow, that looks very nice. Well done. (y)
What kind of machine are you planning on putting there?

thanks, hese.

I have a mini-itx rig that I will load with MAME I guess. I've found a very nice 19" LCD 4:3 by Nec that is simply pefect for it.

I made a lot of mistakes of course being this my first cabinet, but it should be working at the end!
 

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"no prior experience "? you done jig work b4, must have, looks like a pro job! what are the guts of it going to be?
 

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"no prior experience "? you done jig work b4, must have, looks like a pro job! what are the guts of it going to be?

Thank you guys.

I have an old i5 (don't remember what generation) that should be just fine as a MAME box. Another option would be a minimig or a jamma board, but since I already have this spare mini-itx i5 I'll start from there.

For the console I've purchased some professional arcade sticks and buttons which are simply fantastic! The controller is an i-Pac (pretty standard for this kind of things I'm said).

This is the work-in-progress console.

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The sides will be decorated with PVC and the theme is "Soul Calibur".

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Thank you guys.

I have an old i5 (don't remember what generation) that should be just fine as a MAME box. Another option would be a minimig or a jamma board, but since I already have this spare mini-itx i5 I'll start from there.

For the console I've purchased some professional arcade sticks and buttons which are simply fantastic! The controller is an i-Pac (pretty standard for this kind of things I'm said).

This is the work-in-progress console.

The sides will be decorated with PVC and the theme is "Soul Calibur".

I have saved few old Xbox consoles for my cabinet project. Coinops and Visionary are good emulator packages for it.

Where did you get the prints?
 

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thanks everybody!

Today's progress

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I added the keyboard tray and the fixing system for the console that can be remove to check on the electronics beneath. Also monitor screen. Tomorrow I have to fix the vesa mount for the monitor somehow... and hopefully the speakers.


PS: gosh! I thought it was easier!
 

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My original trade is a fully qualified joiner but looking at the quality of your work I feel like asking if you'll make me one as well (y)
 

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:oops:

that would be insanely expensive to ship :) but I can share the blueprints.
 

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Really nice workmanship there Matt3o. I'd also add something like this: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Munzprufer-M...-Euro-Coins-/252053364705?hash=item3aaf8d1fe1 on the front to give it a more Arcade feel :)
Or if you search around you'll probably find one of the original square black ones.

Bryce.

thanks!

I thought about that, I've found a coin door at around €60, but it would add work and weight and it would be merely cosmetical. Anyway it's something I could add at the very last time, so I'm not worried about it.
 
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The coin acceptors usually have a simple microswitch too, which means the button and even inserting a coin action can be connected to the system and assigned functions in MAME.

Bryce.
 
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