cabinet plans

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As I draw closer to cutting up some wood to begin the actual cab itself, I have been reconsidering a few of the original decisions I had made regarding the cab shape, size and placement of the internals. One of the original inspirations I had was a cab by Homepin. It’s a lowboy multiboard, and I loved the internal design. Here is a link. (Note: For those of you looking for good write up on building a cab, this link should prove useful! There is a good parts list and price break down, clear photos of the build process and some cool ideas for the internals).

What I loved most about this cab was how everything was built into the door. Open the front door and everything is right there. Great for construction and maintenance. My original goal was to do a similar thing, but with the Centipede cabinet. But lately I have been leaning more towards a Galaga cabinet. The reason being is I grew up playing Galaga. It’s one of the driving forces behind building this cab. I think I would love and appreciate the final result more if the cab closer resembled an actual Galaga cab.

A link I came across a few days back was a Galaga cab restoration. I was very impressed by how clean the internals were and the final result of the cab. I remember saying “I’d love to sit down and play on that!”. And that’s what I want with my cab. So it’s got me rethinking a few things 🙂

So this changes a few things – but mostly, I cannot have a front door with everything right there. It will have to be a rear door, like the actual Galaga cab. I still plan on having a secondary game button, and MIGHT try and find room for a trackball on the control panel so I can play the trackball games on the multiboard (if a choose). The coin door on the front I think will be modified for my cab. It will exist, although in a cut down version. I would like to hook up the test/services switches just inside this door for easy access (instead of having to go via the back). But otherwise it should remain about the same.

The multi board is quite small, so will required much less space than the original Galaga PCB. What I am thinking is attaching everything to a removable board at the base, and allow for a vertical board on the side, should I choose to install an original PCB in the future. The front panel will contain the coin mech, coin counter and test switches.

I still have about 2 weeks before I get the wood and being cutting, so there is still time to clear my thoughts. But the more I think about the final result, the more I lean towards a Galaga Cab…

I came across some more detailed plans for the Centipede cab I want to build. Not sure what lead me here as I wasn’t searching for plans, but I found this very interesting, and it should help me when it comes time to build.

pos. cm inch pos. cm inch
A 85,09 33.5 M 67,31 26.5
B 92,075 36.25 N 81,28 32
C 100,965 39.75 O 68,58 27
D 104,775 41.25 P 180,975 71.25
E 137,795 54.25 Q 64,135 25.25
F 158,75 62.5 R 7,62 3
G 175,895 69.25 S 76,2 30
H 68,58 27 T 73,66 29
I 142,24 56 U 13,97 5.5
J 70,485 27.75 V 31,75 12.5
K 61,595 24.25 W 60,325 23.75
L 80,01 31.5
Marquee glass 60,5cm (60,325cm?) x 16,5cm  (23,75″ x 6,5″)

There was more useful information on other cab plans, and control panel building which can be found here.

A quick search via Google will give you many MANY hits on people building their own cab. Be it MAME or JAMMA, there are a lot of people who have been there done that and put up some paragraphs and photos to show. The best site I came across for cab plans was Jakobud.

Jakobud has a lot of cab plans, especially for older style arcade machines. They have cab plans for Donkey Kong, Centipede, Q*Bert, Mortal Kombat, Tempest and many more. Each set of plans is in two images, showing side on and front dimensions. They also cover both upright and cocktail cabs. There is also a section for a nice MAME cab if that’s what you are after.

After looking through various plans, I have settled on the Centipede cab. I will be building a slightly modified version of it, as the control panel will be different, and I plan to build a lot of it into the front panel where the coin mech is. With everything built into a front door, it will allow me easy access to everything for maintenance, fixing and upgrading.

Here are the original centipede plans:
Centipede plans