MAME Case II

Our arcade sized MAME case is taking a bit longer to build than we expected. So we're spending a second episode building our classic arcade emulator. In part II: plastic wood, cutting vent holes, and lots of sanding!

We're calling it Episode 24-A: David really underestimated the amount of time it would take to make our arcade sized MAME cabinet.

We originally wanted to cover making all of the panels, screwing 'em together, fitting 'em, fitting the door and speaker and vent holes as well as sanding and filling in the holes. In one episode. Which we didn't get close to covering in Systm Episode 24

Hence, Episode 25: MAME Case II, where we talk about the finer points of :

Cutting vents holes with a wood router Patrick's hot tip: practice cutting straight slots on scrap lumber, not your final project!

Wood Putty our fave product after Bondo for covering up screw holes and cracks in our MAME case.

T-Molding, the plastic edging used on “boats, countertops, tables” and, our favorite, vintage arcade machineas. T-molding.com is Dave's fave source.

And a few viewer questions, including some MAME cases you've built, and one impassioned plea that we remember to wear our masks and goggles… the glue (Urea-formaldehyde) that binds the woody bits in MDF is pretty nasty

BTW, our spiel on the safety issues involved with MDF came from Design-Technology.org not Ask.com!

The sander we've fallen in love with comes from Ryobi Tools, it's a 5" Random Orbit Sander, model # RS241.

In Episode 3 of our Month of MAME, David's gonna wrestle with displays, Patrick sets up the audio while Brendan mounts the computer.

Want to play along at home? David has put together a PDF file with a drawing of our case, along with all the dimensions, tools and supplies! ... and make sure you check out our first MAME episode!