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Arcade project: control panel done

It's been awhile since the last update, but I have been working on the arcade machine here and there. Last night I finally got the control panel put together. I'm still waiting for the artist I work with to get around to making my control panel overlay, but I decided to put it together anyways and finish up the software side of things. Here's a few pics:

Arcade project: another update

I took a day off of work and got quite a bit done on the cabinet. After a couple trips to Home Depot, I got the 24" TV mounted:

Arcade project: update

Last night I ordered all the control panel components which prompted a call from my bank's fraud prevention department :) Today, I decided to remove a few unnecessary things from the cabinet while I wait for my orders to arrive. First to go was the original control panel.

Arcade project

I've wanted to build a MAME cabinet for a long time and I finally have the means to do it. After a lot of researching, it became clear I didn't have the woodworking skills or equipment to build a cabinet from scratch. So, the first step was to find an existing arcade cabinet that could be bent to my will. After some searching, I decided to contact Tornado Terry who runs a very successful arcade in Keller, TX. I'd been to his arcade a few times in the past, but I had no idea he also dealt in arcade parts and repair as well. He had exactly the cabinet style I wanted with everything included but the screen. It was also in near perfect condition as well. So, last night my girlfriend drove me an hour there in her truck. Another hour and $200 later ($198.50 if you count the $1.50 in quarters I later found in the coin box), we returned home. With some help from a few friends, we manhandled it up the stairs to my second floor apartment...

...and there was much rejoicing