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Game Day
Starting
Cutting the sides
Building the Base
Attaching Base/Shelf
Stand it Up
Back Beams
Ledger Boards
Add Back
The Monitor shelf
Casters
Patching and Sanding
Priming and Painting
T-Molding
Drawer Construction
Installing the Door
Door lock
Wiring Coin Door
Speaker Area
Marquee
Monitor Bezel
Appendix
 
 
 

The cost of the cabinet is flexible. You can add everything I did or you can skip putting in a coin box and marquee for now. I built into the cabinet a new PC and new 19" monitor. This upped the cost considerably but is somewhere you can save money. You likely will have a spare PC available that will run most of the MAME games quite nicely. The roms can be obtained from a variety of sources.

I was able to find some items on ebay and paid substantially less than retail price for them. Do a little looking and you can save yourself a fair amount of money.

A complete list of items is included.  An abbreviated list of the more expensive items follows:

Item Where Price (includes S/H & tax)
X-arcade Controller www.x-arcade.com orig 160 now $130
Coin door ebay 46
Mag 19" Monitor Best Buy online 233
3 sheets 3/4" ply Lowes 117

 

   
 
 
 
 
 
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