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Building a MAME cabinet 9

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

I spent another couple of hours at it yesterday, and finished the cutting of the first side, and most of the second side (which was faster). Once the big cuts were out of the way, I moved from the floor onto sawhorses which made the work a lot easier to wrangle. I did use a plunge cut (if that’s what you call it) to do the “monitor edge” and finished the corner joins with a jigsaw. That was quite easy.

Here’s the first side cut and acting as a template for the second side.

First side complete

My plan is to clamp both sides together and sand them, then rout the slot around the edge for the t-molding to fit into. Which reminds me, I need to order the t-molding.

Building a MAME cabinet 8

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

I spent some more time on it this morning, after being too busy the last three weekends since I bought the plywood. Since I’m a power tool newbie, it’s going to take a while to complete. I learned a few things:

  • My sawboard was too thick, since I made it from 3/4″ MDF. I had to rout part of it at either end to be able to fit the clamps on properly.
  • One shouldn’t start routing from the side. Plunging is the correct way to do it. Going from the side too quickly caused the router bit to spring out and fly into my thigh. Luckily no harm done to self or router.
  • The ply blade was a definite win for getting decent cuts in the oak ply. I’m pleased with the results. But it may be dulling already – might need to pick up another one. I only got a cheap steel one.
  • It is pretty difficult to keep a jigsaw on a straight line, even with an edge guide. A circular saw is much easier. I’ll be making all my cuts with the circular saw now, just finishing with the jigsaw where I need to make joins or part cuts. Oh and I already had one jigsaw blade snap.

Everything is progressing, albeit at a slow pace. I have one side of the cabinet cut out, with a couple more cuts to complete to the monitor area. Somehow I sustained a small injury to my little finger knuckle, although I didn’t even notice that a chunk had been torn out until I was in the shower after finishing up for the day. Oh well.

Building a MAME cabinet 7

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Just come back from a trip to Home Depot. I used the truck hire, which was easy. Now I also have 3 sheets of 4’x8′ 3/4″ oak ply in my basement, and I picked up a few 2″x3″x8′ studs too for cutting supports.

Building a MAME cabinet 6

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Today I was given some dedicated time by Mrs Elbeno to start the project. It being 2pm on a Saturday, I didn’t fancy my chances at getting a Home Depot truck hire (my local HD has 2 trucks and it’s first come, first served). Anyway, I headed down there and picked up:

  • 2x 8′ 2x4s
  • 2’x4′ 3/4″ MDF panel
  • 2 3′ lengths of 3/4″ pipe (for clamps)
  • 2 sawhorses
  • A t-square
  • A respirator (apparently MDF is hazardous to one’s health if inhaled)

Having loaded up the car, I headed home to make a start. I decided to make a sawboard as a mini-project which would be useful to familiarise myself with the power tools.
The inevitable flickr set has started.

Building a MAME cabinet 5

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Another stop at Home Depot this morning.

  • DeWalt countersink bits
  • Mallet (for knocking in the t-molding)
  • Gloves
  • Masking tape (for anti-splinter on the top side of ply cuts, and for painting)
  • 4 x 2-1/2″ hinges (two for the top, two for the front)
      I’m now at the point where I can pick up some wood and sawhorses this weekend and get started.

Building a MAME cabinet 4

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

I ordered the Retro Mame Marquee (third one down). With the Lexan sandwich. Since the Home Depot Lexan is 3/32″ rather than 1/8″, I decided I can’t use it. I need to make the control panel from 1/8″ Lexan and 5/8″ MDF/Ply, so that the 3/4″ t-molding will fit properly.

So what I’m going to do is get going with building the rest of it, and order the Lexan for the control panel from somewhere like Professional Plastics when I have the CP size finalised. I’ll need to make sure I put the wood the right way up since the t-molding slot won’t be symmetric, and my plan is to clamp the polycarbonate and wood together and drill them as a sandwich to ensure alignment.

Building a MAME cabinet 3

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

I’ve been stopping off at Home Depot on my way to work and slowly getting together more parts. I now have:

  • Jigsaw and router bit set (borrowed from a colleague)
  • 4 x 2″ industrial casters
  • 1/2″ wood chisel
  • 18″ drawer runner set
  • Coin door! (free from a colleague)
  • 140-tooth 7-1/4″ ply/laminate saw blade
  • 1lb 1″ coarse thread drywall screws

I have also discovered that Home Depot stocks Lexan, which will save me having to order online and pay shipping etc. Unfortunately my spacious control panel design means that 18″x24″ is a bit small one way. I have to bump to the next size, i.e. 48″x24″. More expensive, but I can probably get a marquee sandwich out of that size as well as a CP cover.

I also have a 1/16″ slot cutting bit on the way. The router bit set does not include one; however, it does include a flush cutter.

Building a MAME cabinet 2

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

The project progresses. I’m working from as my main source for information.

So far I have amassed the following:

Building a MAME cabinet

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I’ve been wanting to build one for years and now I am starting the project. So I have been reading all about it online, of course, and now I have a shopping list of parts and an idea of how to proceed. An hour or so’s fiddling produced this plan:


…which I think is reasonable. (Dimensions of the angled sections are rounded up to the nearest inch). This will give me a cabinet that is 3 feet deep at its deepest point, 6 feet tall, and I’m thinking 28″ for the width – which would give it a square base. The control panel has a slight rake, and is 39″ off the floor, which puts it comfortably at about my belt height.

This plan also reveals that I’ll need at least 32′ of t-molding (to fit along all top and front edges of both sides, and also on the front of the control panel, the top and speaker panels, and the top of the display base). I plan to install a hinge at the joint of the 25″ and 13″ sections to allow the angled section to fold down and reveal the keyboard/mouse tray.