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Once the primary construction
was complete it was time for the finishing and decoration of the
The monitor was originally
designed to sit on the monitor shelf we had installed in
the unit. When we first put the cabinet together, it became
that it would look much better centered in the front screen.
A small box was constructed which now sits underneath the
monitor - it is simply screwed to the monitor shelf. This raises
monitor and gives a much better overall look.
The cabinet has five
speakers (four satellites and one sub-woofer). The sub is placed
on the cabinet base, with the four other speakers located around
the cabinet. Two speakers are under the marquee, and two are
at each side of the cabinet at the back of the monitor shelf.
This arrangement gives a good all-round sound.
The speakers are fastened
with strong sticky pads, and face directly onto the cabinet walls.
The cabinet has had a grid of holes drilled out by each speaker
to let the sound out.
The speakers came with
their own volume controls which were removed from one of the
speakers and extended to live under the control panel. All the
bare wood was then coloured black to match the cabinet design.
Volume Controls (under main control panel)
The screw holes and
places where the wood didn't quite meet (oops) were filled with
wood-filler, then sanded (badly).
The cabinet was given
two coats of MDF primer paint, followed by
of Black Gloss paint.
The marquee was printed
and taped together, then placed between two sheets of plastic.
Beading was nailed around the edge to hold the plastic in place.
The marquee design
is printed in several sections. The background is in three
which are taped together with invisible tape - the foreground
(the word MAME) was printed in two halves, then placed over
the background. The foreground happened to mostly cover the
joins in the background.
The monitor was installed
into the cabinet, then carefully measured. The edges of the monitor
were taped with black electricians tape.
A large piece of card
was cut to size, then the monitor shape was cut from the middle.
The edges of the card (it's only black on the front!) were coloured
with black marker pen.
The graphics were
then stuck to the card with double-sided tape, then the whole
was mounted into the cabinet (after a very good dusting). As
for the marquee, beading was nailed around the screen to hold
The controls (which
had been removed for painting) were re-installed into the cabinet.
The only additional
wiring that was required was a way to control the power to
the PC. As the machine is an ATX style machine, it means there
a 'soft' power button on the case. The wiring for this button
was extended and linked to the far right black button on
the control panel. To turn the PC on and off you simply need
that button, and wait.
The network port on
the back of the cabinet was simply into the network port on
the PC with a short piece of cable.
To make the cabinet
look more interesting, I decided to add a strip to the front
panel. The front panel was originally designed to be removable
to allow you to adjust any monitor settings you wished, however,
with the raising of the monitor it became redundant.
During the painting
I decided to permanently glue this panel in place. The design
was then printed and affixed to the unit with double-sided tape.