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One Man's Arcade Journey

by 7d

I needed a good wedding present for my brother and new sister in law. In my eternal wisdom, I decided it would be no big deal to make them an arcade cabinet. I found an incredible guide on Instructables (http://www.instructables.com/id/2-Player-Bartop-Arcade-Machine-Powered-by-Pi/) that I was able to follow closely. I made a couple modifications, but that guy did a really great job. Follow along to see if I go insane.

The first thing you do when you make an arcade is go ahead and buy the buttons and sticks. I wanted the colors to be for the Pittsburgh Steelers (her) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (him). The maroon buttons were kind of hard to find, but I got them.

Here I am learning how to wire up all the controls. Initially I used what claimed to be a single board that could handle 2 players, but I eventually ended up with 1 board per player because I had trouble getting everything configured on the Raspberry Pi with that single board.

I used 3/4 inch and half inch MDF for the arcade cabinet body. It all started here with a template for the sides. I cut out this carefully with a jigaw and then sanded it all down until I liked it. From there, I rough cut the two final sides and then used a trim bit on my router to make exact copies.

And here are those 2 sides. You can also see the rest of the pieces that I cut out. Measure twice cut once!

Here are all the final pieces cut, drilled, and ready to assemble. In order to accomplish this, I had to learn how to do a lot of stuff that I didn't know how to do. Plunge cutting with my circular saw, using a few different router bits/methods, etc. It took me a really long time and generated some insane dust. That MDF is pretty bad in that regard. If you look closely, you can see that I am going to have 2 doors to get inside this thing (1 in the back and 1 on the bottom). Also, you can see the board that will house the speakers (it has 2 large-ish holes it in). That board with a bunch of weird holes in it I just used as the brace to mount the monitor to inside the cabinet.

Now that I had the final cut control board, I made sure everything fit right and felt good.

Here I am installing a switch and plug and fuse for the back of the cabinet. On the inside of the cabinet, a power strip is attached to this switch to power all the various electronic equipment. Depending on you set it up, you can make the switch glow all the time or just when it is switched on.

Here is the monitor that I found to use. I grabbed it off ebay.

Here I'm making double sure that the hole I cut in the front of the cabinet matched the screen before I started gluing things together. You can see a little white paw from my ancient dog. He was a constant companion during the assembly/setup phase.

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Building a Raspberry Pi bar top arcade cabinet for my brother's wedding.
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