I've been meaning to build a MAME cabinet for a while. The electronics is, for me at least, very simple. Its the actual cabinet that I'm having trouble with it. Partly, I'm really not a woodworker, and partly I couldn't settle on a style of cabinet that I liked.
Then it occured to me to just make a frame with extrusion, at least until I make up my mind. But the more I think about it, the more I think this will be it. I can move things around as I decide on the specifics of the ergonomics. I can add things later as I decide how/if to make things like a yoke for StarWars, or a trackball for centipede, or a spinner for tempest.
Also, form follows function, and this is about as functional as possible.
(I'll add more photos as I go, I promise)
September 22, 2017
It took me a little while to decide how to manage power. I found a power bar that had a 4 port USB charger built in. The manual *claims* it will do 2A per port, and so far, it seems to be true...
I pried open its case and drilled two holes. I then cut up two pieces of 2020, each about a centimetre. They're bolted to the power bar case, on the back, and then I tapped their centre holes mounted it on the frame. I generally like the result, but I'm worried the power button might be in a bad spot. No big deal, I can move it. The last photo of this bunch shows the Pi and monitor powered. Not having a wallwart to hide made my day.
V-Slot MAME cabinet
A minimalist MAME "cabinet" made from extrusion.
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