Posts Tagged MAME

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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Cabinet T-molding

I’m planning on installing T-molding all around the sides of the cabinet and around the control panel.  It’s a good idea to cut the slots for the t-molding now, before the cabinet is together.  It makes things a lot easier, only dealing with a side instead of putting the cabinet down on its side for each cut.

I had requested samples from www.tmolding.com and sure enough a couple of days later they arrived. It’s good to see the colors in person. The color never translates well through a camera and monitor screen. Sure enough, orange that looked pink on the screen was indeed orange.  The blue one in the back is a nice deep purple.
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Building the Power Switch

Now that I’ve got the plans all laid out for wiring up the switch, it’s time to get my hands dirty and actually do it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wiring up the main power switch

I know what you’re thinking.

I’ve got a bunch of components in this cabinet, I don’t want to open up the coin door and stick my head in there and turn 5 things on every time I use this machine. I just want one button!

Well, we can do that through the power of electronics.  The mastermind behind this controlled electrical distribution is known as the relay.  A relay is an electrically controlled switch.  So a voltage applied to one side of the relay will turn the switch on.  In our case, we want to be able to turn on power to a number of devices. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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