Okay, gotta make myself a checklist so I can finish this project up in a reasonable amount of time. It looks like a lot, but I can usually take out a number of these in a day.
Did I mention that a MAME cabinet requires a huge amount of commitment?
Stage One: Construction
- Round cabinet corner sides (optional).
- Attach 2x4’s to sides of cabinet for all edges, monitor and speaker/marquee shelves.
- Construct strong monitor shelf from already-cut wood and 2x4’s.
- Attach cabinet sides to base, using 2x4s to connect sides together.
- Install cabinet front using Blum hinges and key lock.
- Install cabinet back with Blum hinges and key lock.
- Cut 45-degree angles on cabinet back diagonal piece.
- Install cabinet top and back diagonal piece.
- Cut T-moulding groove with router and slot-cutting bit.
- Install T-moulding.
- Cut 45-degree angle for control panel back.
- Assemble control panel, using blum hinges and draw hasp for top.
- Install drawer slides in cabinet and control panel, attach control panel to cabinet.
Stage Two: Installation/Wiring
- Purchase 25” or 27” inch TV (possibly Sony Wega).
- Order buttons, joysticks, coin box, marquee light, marquee retainer from Happ Controls.
- Order Opti-Pac, i-Pac, joysticks and trackball from Ultimarc.
- Order spinners and spinner tops from Oscar Controls.
- Cut coin box hole in cabinet front.
- Install coin box.
- Drill speaker holes above display.
- Drill control and joystick holes in cabinet top.
- Test-install all controls, make sure everything is correct, remove controls.
- Sand, prime and paint all cabinet surfaces.
- Re-install controls.
- Wire all controls to i-Pac and Opti-Pac, test controls.
- Install TV on monitor shelf, secure.
- Construct paper bezel for TV (from arcadecontrols.org forum instructions).
- Install plexiglass (tinted and clear?) in front of TV.
- Install speakers in speaker holes.
- Install light behind marquee.
- Install marquee with marquee retainer.
- Install extra speakers, if needed.
- Install subwoofer in cabinet base.
Stage Three: Computer Hardware/Software
- Mount motherboard in cabinet by mounting in slotted 2x2 pieces of wood.
- Mount power-supply to cabinet interior.
- Mount harddrive and enclosure within cabinet.
- Install additional ventilation- top and back of cabinet.
- Install 4-port home-connect-style multimedia ports with ethernet jack in rear of cabinet (any other wiring?).
- Drill/cut hole for single external power cord.
- Install Fedora Core 2.
- Install MAME packages.
- Test-play system for kicks. ;)
- Set-up front end and fancy boot process.
- … ?