carlsson Posted October 30, 2022 Share Posted October 30, 2022 So our club has three PCBs with various games: Galeco World Rally Championship, Ghosts 'n Goblins (probably a bootleg) and a 6-in-1 multicart (modern with optional VGA output). We only have one cabinet though, with a rather worn joystick and buttons in dire need to get replaced. I have raised the suggestion to build at least one more cabinet, perhaps table model instead of upright. Now I wonder how much work there is to build one from scratch, if we can find or create drawings. Which type of wood would we use - plywood, MDF, solid wood? We don't have access to a lot of tools or workspace, but imagine that perhaps the place where we buy the wood can help us cut out profiles. How do you file down the edges so those are smooth, is that possible if we use some fiber based material or is it better to use solid wood? Do you put strips on the short ends to cover for rough edges? Do you need plexiglass to cover the monitor? Vinyl film around the joysticks and buttons instead of just painted wood? Also what is the typical power consumption of a JAMMA board? I understand a standard PC AT supply should be enough, but I've also got a few Meanwell PT-65A supplies that may be useful unless they're too weak. On the video side, we got plenty of both 14-20" CRT TVs and VGA monitors in the same sizes. Since I'm in Europe, getting a JAMMA to SCART adapter doesn't seem like a big issue, supposing those work well enough. As I mentioned, one of the boards already has optional VGA out, so we'd have to install extra speakers in that cabinet. Since we're going to order joysticks, buttons and cables anyway, we probably would order all sorts of adapters and peripherals we need to finish off the build(s). We already found places that sell pre-made kits, e.g. someone in Spain which sells on Amazon but those kits seem to be designed for flat screen monitors which not necessarily is what we're going for. There may be kits for CRTs too, just that I didn't look. Importing wood from the US seems like a waste of money, but rest of the EU probably would work. Feel free to give your advice what to do and what to not do, and links to various sites which may have drawings and DIY hints. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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