Allow me to
introduce myself. My name is Mike
Trello. I am senior
programmer/analyst by trade, with over twenty years of experience in the IT
knowing of MAME for several years prior, it was not
until the Fall of 2002
that my interest really skyrocketed. The cabinet
building bug bit me hard and from initial thought to
actual construction of my first cabinet was under two
months. Most of
this time was spent
researching. My wood working background was minimal
prior to this project.
Luckily I had a more experienced friend to run ideas
past. And to borrow
I had been out of the arcades for a decade, so I used a
with the thought that down the road I might build my own
getting a better handle on what my requirements would
actually be. The
X-arcade is a great product and served me well for
nearly six months, taking
all the abuse thrown its way. I then built a custom
controller which I have
been using ever since.
My original site, mtrello1.tripod.com, was constructed
as a service to
individuals interested in learning how I built my first
However, the traffic quickly
outgrew what the tripod site could provide and I
upgraded to this one,
in February 2004.
In March 2004, ArcadeCab the business, was started in
response to local and
web-based interest. After two-and-a-half years,
I closed the store to focus on other, neglected projects.
Information on how to build the products has now been added
to the site.
There are two sets of cabinet plans
now, the original X-arcade base ones
and the newest set.
These cabinet plan pages have proven to be
popular to those
interested in the design and construction of a MAME
cabinet, whether you
follow the plans to the letter or just use the pictures
for ideas. I have
attempted to explain how each section was created,
being sure to identify
mistakes, so the reader can hopefully learn from them.
I tried to include as
many helpful pictures as were warranted. If you
build a cabinet based on this design, I'd love to see
your pictures. I have
a page to showcase some of
these examples. I would be happy to include
yours, too. Just send me a picture at
If you have any questions or comments, I can be
contacted at the address at
the bottom of this page. Please put MAME somewhere in
the subject line so it
is not confused with spam. I'll be happy to assist in
whatever way I can.
Please feel free to look around.