Volume Controls II

ARCADE CABINET VOLUME CONTROL MOUNTING AND WIRING
Part II

Now that you have wired your volume pot up, you’ll want to mount it in your cabinet.

There are many different ways to mount a pot. But most of them will involve a bracket and mount of some kind. You will need this for two reasons:

1) To hold the volume pot securely as it will be moved around a lot

2) To act as a spacer, so that the shaft does not protrude too far from the cabinet.

This doesn’t have to be very prescriptive. There are many ways of mounting a volume pot, limited only by your imagination. Most methods I use involve a metal bracket of some kind, usually made from some scrap lying around.

Example One

The following example uses a scrap piece of metal bent into a ‘U’ shape, and mounted onto a piece of wood. The combined unit is then secured into a DVD drive cage (along with some other goodies) and supported solidly behind a faceplate.

Pot stuff Pot mounted
Drive cage in door Face panel with DVD player

Example Two

In the next example, I have again used a scrap piece of metal. This time the metal is an old expansion slot cover, which most mame-cabinet builders will have lying around somewhere. Have a close look at the ‘lip’ on the metal bracket – this is important as it helps to add stability to everything. Once again, the metal bracket is mounted onto a piece of scrap wood, which is then mounted (along with headphone jacks, USB ports, LEDs and an admin button) behind a face plate.

Cassiopea Pot parts Cassiopea Pot Assembled panel, rear view

Now, Lets see how that looks from the front!

Admin panel close-up Faceplate mounted!

Example Three

In this final example, I have mounted a volume pot, along with audio jacks, into the side wing of a four player cabinet. Again, this involves using a metal bracket mounted onto a piece of wood. See that small lip of metal there for stability?

Pot bracketPot lip Pot & bracket mounted on wood

This is how it will be mounted:

Pot closeups

Once all that is completed, this is how is gets installed. Sorry, but no face shots this time! I was in such a hurry to get it off to my customer that I didn’t have any time to grab a final shot.

Pot mounted

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