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Arcade MAME cocktail cabinet ........56k nope..

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade Worklogs' started by meth05, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. meth05

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    Thought I would post my ongoing mame cocktail cabinet build that i have been working on for a few weekends.

    Not having that much woodworking experience has shown in the build quality lol but its been fun so far :)


    So to start i borrowed the legs off an old tray thing
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    Purchased some 12mm MDF from good old bunnings, chop chop!
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    Bogging up the shoddy workmanship ready for sanding
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    Some primer ready for another big sand
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    The Legs had a few extra holes from when it was the stand, so a little more bogging
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    Little nip at the fingers :)
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    The work bench i built a couple weeks b4
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    The holes on the legs filled & mounted
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    Some items sitting inside
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    I picked up a few items from Jaycar.
    - 3" Speaker Grills
    - Pocket Handles

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    another view
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    Hopefully Ordering all my controls tomorrow from OzStick so stay tuned
    Cheers.
     
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  2. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Very innovative. I like. :thumbup:
     
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    Starting spray up using just a flat black.

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    Came up ok, still a few spots to fix.
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    Ctrl box almost finshed
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    Woah...very nice work there...waiting for more updates tho!:thumbup:
     
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    Looking forward to updates:thumbup:
     
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    Just sitting the Ctrl box on a stool to have a look & thats dust on the lens btw
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    Nice work mate and nice touch adding a pic of you doing the job too imo not enough put a pic of the "mug" in there... top job ;-) Look forward to more updates best of luck...
     
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    Spent a couple hours last night working on mounting the screen "not the most fun job" pics coming.

    Waiting on OzStick to get my Controls to me. I wanted it finished this weekend for a mate’s party but that’s looking doubtful.


    edit....just found out my Ctrls wont be here in time..:(
     
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    Lunch break day off update

    First couple of pics are from thr other night.

    **if you don't have experience working on de-cased crts please read up on the dangers!!

    I was finding it hard working out the screen placement so i cut a template to help.
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    Dads little helper
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    Initial cutting done, lots of trimming and filing left to go
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    Mounting supports
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    Fitted and ready to roll
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    I knew i would have VERY little clearance went putting this CRT in
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    So i added some rubber standoff to add a couple mm
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    Not easy putting the top on by myself but i got it done
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    well back to it:)
     
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    My Controls arrive today! so its a long night in the cold shed tonight :)

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    Up close with a couple credit buttons and power all red led
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    Holes cut out ready for fitting
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    Buttons in place, had to pull the white joystick apart to tighten the throw on it.
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    Any reason you didn't mount the joysticks from behind? You'll be able to hide the metal flanges if you do that.

    Nice work so far. I wouldn't mind a cocktail cab, once the 3 other cabinets we have are finally finished...
     
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    I'm putting a overlay on the control box so you won't see the flanges also the shaft length on these particular joystick was really small when mounted on the underside through 12mm. :thumbup:
     
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    Ah ha. Makes perfect sense then.

    The ones we used had longish shafts, so we could mount them from behind.
     
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    Those sticks are made by Sanwa. They're really designed for metal/plastic control panels up to about 6mm in depth max.

    Flush-mounting them on top of the panel with a routed recess and then whacking an overlay of some description over the top is definitely the best option if you have a wooden CP. Rear-mounting these sticks makes them way too short for decent play.
     
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    Things left to-do:

    Done - Finalize screen mount & test
    Done - Mount Power Supply & Motherboard HD
    Done - Cut holes for speakers & mount 3" speaker grills
    Done - 2 80mm LED fans on sides
    Done - Attach Feet
    Done - Finish Crtls
    Done - Overlay Ctrl box
    Done - Mount Ctrl Box to main body
    Done - Spray Top
    Done - Touch up scratches/chips
    Done - Cut hole for power cord & mount grommet.
    Done - Cut hole for ctrl cable back to PC
    Done - Purchase glass, Fit.
    Done - Cut and Fit Credit buttons
    Done - Cable management inside
    Done - Purchase power board & Fit
    - Add quick disconnects to 12v line for the credit and power button
    - Wire all powered buttons
    - Cut and fit externally accessible usb plugs
    - Purchase Red Caroma Stool off eBay
     
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    that's cool wish i had the time to make one :thumbup:
     
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    I dont understand why you use ye old crappy crt, whats wrong with an LCD?

    mame on my plasma tv looks flawless.. mame on my xbox looks flawless..
     
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    because "crappy" old CRTs have a better viewing angle than LCDs and plasmas. You wouldn't be able to use an LCD or plasma for this project. Also, CRT has the retro vibe.
     
  20. captainpotato

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    Not to mention that the vast majority of the arcade era games run at different resolutions and refresh rates. Even a standard CRT PC monitor doesn't manage it as well as a dedicated screen that can do them.

    Having said this, from what I gather, vector games work well on higher resolution plasma and LCD screens, because they can get closer to the original vector monitor look.
     

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