The last mouldings are fastened. I am satisfied with the result,
and I have probably used more time this time to make this right
the first time. It's easy to have patience when working in nice
and sunny weather.
Today the weather is terrible and I have to work inside. It's time to mount the bottom panel. It's important that you
make sure to get all angles right. This is pretty hard to do and
you can only do so much later to make up for it.
To get the two sides to align perfectly, you have to use what
you have to support the panels. Here I use a thermos, a few
books and two DVD's to get it just right.
If you made the other panels already, it's probably better to
just use them for support instead.
To erect the cabinet for the first time is probably the most exciting part of building a MAME
cabinet. Now you get an idea
of how it will be. I love this part.
This is usually the panel where the speakers are mounted in most
cabinets. I don't have that small speakers and I am going to
mount them on the sides instead. The light source for the
marquee will take up most of the space here anyway.
Notice that I am using a temporary back panel to keep the
cabinet aligned while mounting the other panels.
This small strip is just installed with some glue. This is only
to keep to much light from reaching the rest of the cabinet. I
will also use this to fixate the LED strips for back light on.
The top is installed and now there is a fine compartment for
The backlight will consist of two LED strips with 15 LED's on
each strip. The 30 LED should give a nice and even backlight.
But I haven't tried that before, so it might be crap.
This panel is going to be installed right behind the monitor and
the vent holes should keep the monitor from over heating. There
will also be a row of vent holes in the bottom of the cabinet to
create a nice and steady air flow. At least that's the idea.
The panel is installed and the vent holes look nice and
orderly. After the paint job I will add some mesh on the back of
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