Originally Posted by Raider Stagger
Dude love the cabinet you gotta tell me how you made it? (do you have plans) what software are you running? is it a full PC or a mini PC? is it difficult to navigate? I want a track ball as well so I can get Golden Tee on it. I used to Down Load a lot LOL I have 150 gig or more of MAME games but never built a cabinet would love to get one built starting to run out of room in basement I want a pool table , wife wants a poker table I want a MAME cabinet wife wants a wine closet.
off topic but this was the last thing I built lol and now we have to many cards to even use it!
This current one is made from "fine particle board" (so it is heavy) and covered with thick laminate (like a countertop surface) for a super hard surface. A router with slot bit for cutting the grove for the t-molding, and you are most of the way there. I'm using the standard 4 player I-Pac for connecting buttons and joysticks, the trackball is a true arcade one that connects via USB for super easy integration. I am actually using an old 29" CRT type TV for an "authentic look." The PC is some old dual core AMD chip with like 4GB of RAM and a cheap video card with S-Video output (the best display for the old TV that I've had). This thing hasn't been upgraded in YEARS and still runs really well.
I am using a regular full size PC (due to its age) with an external hard drive that I bought that was pre-loaded with games and the menu system. I originally had everything on the internal hard drive and kept buying ROM updates. Then after falling behind a few years, I just bought a hard drive that was updated and like I said had the menu system pre-installed. It also came with a bunch of emulators for other gaming systems, but I don't really use those.
I have plans to upgrade everything again as I have a 150GB download of a new version with a new menu system from mid-2018, but I just haven't gotten around to it. It was a download offered free from one of the normal ROM "burner" people.
Setting everything up is pretty simple honestly. Just takes a little carpentry skills.
Back about 11 years ago I was working with a local cabinet company in Des Moines to run a bunch of melamine sheets through their CNC for full cabinet kits. Everything was set for glue/biscuit assembly, and being melamine it was pre-finished too. I had added the grooves for the t-molding, holes for the buttons and joysticks on two different control layouts (2 player and 4 player options) and the underside thinned out for mounting a trackball with the quick removal of a circle for the ball itself. The idea was to sell them as flat packs. They were charging me $400 for whatever material and all cutting in any color of melamine I wanted. A guy at work fronted the programming fee that they charged ($150 to take my AutoCAD drawings and put them into their CNC machine), and he paid the $400 kit fee plus the cost for glue and biscuits for assembly. I helped him put it together and I took photos along the way for use in a future assembly manual. I ended up making 2 more and then I lost my job and moved. It was no longer viable to work with the Des Moines company, and I just never got back to it.
That being said, my cabinet was hand cut from plans I found online. My first cabinet used the same design, but I added elements from 2 other cabinet styles. My current one is just more standard looking. I don't know if it exists online any more but the design was by someone going by the name of "LuSid".
Here is a link of the site that I used to have that I intended to track my build log on. It is no longer in existence live, so the Internet Archive is where it can be found... https://web.archive.org/web/20160306...de/status.html