What is this all about?

I like steampunk, Harper Goff (designed the disney Nautilus from 20,000 leagues) and Kenneth Strickfaden (set designer and prop builder for Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. I thought it would be fun to combine all that into a MAME (multiple arcade machine emulator) cabinet to play video games and use as a jukebox. I found all kinds of inspiration at places like Stelter Creative's website, The Steampunk Workshop and many others. The cabinet wouldn't be nearly as fun or interesting were it not for my CarveWright carving machine, which I use almost every day. I used it for the Lithopanes and the marquee sign and much more. One last note, the image of Frankenstein in the lithopane is from a piece of art by Rick Baker (DaVinci of the special effects makeup world IMHO).

I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, yeah...I know those of you who are serious about MAME cabinets will beat me up for using the pre-made x-arcade controller...please forgive my current lack of electronics wizardry in this matter.

I've been contacted by some of you who are interested in plans...if you go to:


you can find the base plan I used. I modified it in several ways: I used 1/2" plywood instead of 3/4 (the 1/4" trim still gives you a 3/4 edge) and lengthened the base. I also changed the width a bit and modified the shape of the control panel.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Why make a mini-version of the machine? Well, I've been watching the really cool minatures a guy named "Big J.W." has been making and a co-worker brought a couple in for us to see.  My work is not nearly as meticulous, but I thought it would be fun...
My memory card for the camera is at work..so I took these with my phone. Sorry for the poor quality.  The lower door does open to reveal the PC inside and, of course, the book.



  1. When you get your memory card back. Please post much more photo's of the mini and real cabinet :)

    Kudos on the result!

  2. I have a MAME cabinet as well and I don't even like looking at mine after seeing this one.