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The Control Panel Template

In order to determine where all of the controls go, I can look around online and check what everyone else did.  That’s great and all, but I want to make sure it feels right before i start cutting into my $50 sheets of plywood.

I know that each player will have a joystick and 6 buttons.  You need the 6 buttons if you ever plan on playing the fighting games.  I was never good at them back in the 90’s, but I guess I can at least be bad at them for free now.
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Covering a mistake

When routing the plexiglass on the machine i got a little carried away.  I had forgotten that I had drilled out the area on the backside of the power switch hole.  That led to this:

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Took a bit of a break there….

That is a break from blogging not from working on the cabinets.  I almost made my goal of trying to deliver two before christmas.  One was delivered a few days after and then the next one is on the verge of completion now.  That means that I have a lot to catch up on here.  I’ve got a ton of posts written up, but I just need to find the time to connect them with all of the pictures that I’ve taken. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monitor Mounting

In a previous post I shows how to yank apart a monitor, just leaving the parts that we need for an easy, solid installation.  Now it’s time to mount the monitor in the cabinet.
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Quick Update

I’ve been putting a lot of work into all three of the cabinets lately.  This hasn’t left me any time to document the entire process, but I will be getting around to that.  All of the pictures have been taken, but they still need to be organized and uploaded.  My main goal is to get two of these done before christmas.  That gives me two weeks to go from the current state to complete.  As you can see in the following pictures, it’s getting pretty close.

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Lexan cut for the screen:
Plexiglass in

On the software side, everything is up and running. I’ve managed to get Hyperspin working with MAME, NES, SNES, Genesis and Daphne. I’ll add more systems in the future, but so far this is a good start.

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Cutting out the Cabinet Sides

This past weekend I started cutting wood.  Things are getting real now.

I started out with a nice big pile of wood.  It’s amazing how heavy 10 sheets of 3/4″ of birch/maple plywood is.  It’s bad enough getting them in the car and then you realize that when you get home you have to unload them and stack them and then get all of the car seats back in the car. Read the rest of this entry »

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Easy and Cheap Joystick Mounting

It’s nice to have an easy solution for mounting screws to wood, especially if you are using MDF.  Regular screw can make a mess of MDF if over tightened.  Your best bet is to use threaded inserts which are embedded into the wood.  I had seen Ultimarc.com offering mounting kits for joysticks.  Threaded inserts, screws, washers and lock washers.  For $8 + shipping!!! Read the rest of this entry »

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