Saturday, January 19, 2008

How to build your own Mamebook (continued)

1) For this step, you need a Ramvik side table from IKEA. Before assembly, take the top shelf, and make the necessary measurements for the hole where the Powerbook will sit. Allow for some extra space for cables:

2) Once the hole is made, check that everything fits. The hole will be covered later with a bezel so don't worry too much about looks at this point.

3) Since the Powerbook is thicker than the shelf I added spacers to make the screen flush with the top. 

4) Here, Ramvik is almost finished and you can see how thin the Powerbook really is. It's merely 9 mm thicker than the shelf. The bezel and glass in in place here as well. The bezel is made out of 160 g black paper. Be sure to get the kind that's dyed through, otherwise you'll end up with white lines where you make the cuts.

I just connected a Namco PSX Arcade stick with a USB adapter and put it inside the drawer. Coming up; replacing the drawer with a proper control panel. Stay posted!

How to build your own Mamebook

1) Remove the hinges from an old Powerbook G4:

2) Double sided tape:

3) Fold the screen the wrong way around:



Friday, January 18, 2008


An important part of creating a succesful Mame cabinet is putting together a nice collection of games. I want to focus on vertical games and specifically shooters as well as some classics like Pac Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.