Welcome to my second set of FREE cabinet plans. Since I put
the original help document on this site in 2003, a much larger number
of people have benefited than I would have ever dreamed.
Barely a week goes by without at least one email thanking me for the
resource. I am grateful for those who take the time to email
me and even happier when the visitors complete a cabinet they never
knew they could build for themselves. Please
continue to send me any progress and/or completed pictures of your
cabinet- I'd love to post them on my site.
There are areas in the first
set of plans that are vague or missing completely that I hope to
rectify in this new set. Expect to also see detailed
explanation of the control panel build, how to wire up the coin door,
and how to add one-click on/off switches. Between the two set
of plans you should be able to have most any question you might have
The page layout differs from
the first. The table of contents is on the right of each page
now, with the website controls on the left, consistent with the rest of
the site. The cabinet dimension PDF is also included on each
page, for easy access. Photos will be interspersed within the
text, and the photos can be clicked to full-screen size. I
have opted to increase the size of each large image to show greater
detail. There are more photos than in the first cabinet
plans. The text on each page will be more verbose (read: more detail)
so please bear with me if I ramble in spots. My writing
skills, you will see, have not improved since the first
The MAME cabinet shown is for
my brother-in-law. He has wanted his own arcade cabinet since the very
first visit to my home and we finally have gotten together to make it
happen. He is an accomplished comic book artist and the
finished product will show off his skills.
I had several design goals
that differed from my first cabinet:
1) No external screw holes,
2) Lighter-weight, but equally sturdy, internal framing, and
3) Constructed specifically for a custom controller.
Now that we have the
background out of the way, feel free to move on through the rest of the
document. The pages will be added to gradually, as work is
completed on the actual cabinet. Pages will continue to be
refined/edited during this process but I felt it would be better to get
some of the pages up than to wait for the finished cabinet.
If you see any errors, please email me so they can be
corrected. If any section seems confusing, let me know so it
can be made clearer.
The next page shows the basic
tools you'll need to get the job done.