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Here I show my completed Cardboard arcade cabinet. I do not have any pictures of the build, but I will tell you the basic idea, then you can built to your liking
 
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Step 1: Gathering Materials

Heres the things you need

-5 or 6 cardboard boxes, the same size is the best, so you should use the boxes that you buy copy paper in. Thats what I used

-An Old CRT television, from 9" to 13"

-A PS 1, PS 2, or xbox

-A Game for that console

-Blue painters tape

-Sharpie

-A box opener blade, xacto, scissors

Step 2: Building the base of the cabinet

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First Put the cabinet together how you would like it. Consider all elements, such as where the tv will fit, as well as where the gaming system and cables will go.

This is the way I did it.

I stacked three boxes. I taped them together. I had the third box so the open side was facing out. I cut an opening in the second box for the ps2. I put the tv in the third box, the ps2 in the second. Run the controllers out through a hole in the front., and nothing in the first. I recommend adding re-enforcements in the second box, as this will be where the weight of the tv will make the most torsion on the cardboard.I put another piece of cardboard on top with a piece on top so it looks like the real arcade cabinets. Look at the pics to see what I mean. After this. Insert all of your components, and make sure it works. Next, cover up the back of the tv with another box, as it will be hanging out. Cut a whole in the back of the second box, run the game system cables through there. Cover up to original hole you made for the ps2, then make a smaller one on the back of the second box near the gaming systems power button. Make sure its only big enough for your hand. Nows the hard part. You have to decide whether to cover it with tape or not. I decided to do so. It is harder to spray paint because you have to take all of the components out, spray it, and then put them all back, and when the gaming console starts baking in the enclosed compartment, it might start to smell. So, I just covered the whole thing with painters tape. It looks pretty good. Once you have done all this, Label it with a sharpie, and power it up, and remember to leave it at the "press start" Screen of the game for realism. You can add a coin slot on the front and an hole in the back for retrieving the money. Enjoy your new arcade cabinet!

Step 3: Namcomuseum

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I use the Game Namcomuseum for realism as to it being a 1980's gaming machine. Here are some pictures of the games


Have Fun!
Hey good job but you need air vents I have built one of these to and without proper
Cooling it melts
knexhero5 years ago
do you think you I could use a portable dvd player as a screen
worty24 (author)  knexhero5 years ago
 Sure you could, you would have to find the correct cable to use your video game console with it. Fortunately, in using a dvd player screen you will be able to save weight and not have to try to support a heavy tv with cardboard. Good luck with your project!
Scott
thanks for the info I don't exactly have at tv to spare right now
I just finished it today and it works like a dream. I ended up putting pacman world for ps1 in it
cotton knexhero5 years ago
 dude .... tahts DANGERUS not all portable dvd players do it so my recomendation is to ignore the author as u ca fry ur pdvd player and burn your house down
worty24 (author)  cotton5 years ago
 It should be fine if he has the correct cables to connect his dvd player to his game console...
Heat build up may be more of an issue...
thewildman2 years ago
Cardboard CAN look stunning (ie. http://kartongroup.com.au/) by well planned design and execution. I don't think cardboard has the structural properties required for an arcade machine though.
hankhill345 years ago
Im going to try to use a 19 inch hdtv and make it higher up using more boxes
XCVG5 years ago
Man, that thing is fugly. But I congratulate you on it nonetheless. I thought the TV would be too heavy and it would collapse. Did you reinforce it at all?
XWXAXDXEX5 years ago
 LOL Tape waster -.-
waffleman5 years ago
haha very (very very very very very) cheap, but very creative. should make it bigger though, so you can stand up and play? or have chairs or something, otherwise its kinda useless.
philslizzy5 years ago
a great idea. well done!
Reminds me of something I tried doing when I was ten (only had an Atari 2600 Rev. 3 to work with) Even had my little brother putting coins in the "money hole" until he figured out that he could play it for free.
Lol...
dcm0695 years ago
LOL
Most. Useful. Comment. Ever.
bdawg123486 years ago
u no wat wood be sweet, is 4 namcomusuem u can use a keyboard, i would of hacked the keyboard, and put it in there
N1CK4ND06 years ago
Good idea! But if you could find a way (slots maybe) you would not have to use so much tape, then it would look much better. Just a suggestion.
merseyman676 years ago
This reminds me of a guy in the uk (I live in Aberdeen,Scotland), he was on a program called 'that's Life' He (the guy) called himself 'The human jukebox' a big carboard box with a list of songs..you speak into a'hole' the song you want & the guy say's please insert 50p in the slot..lol... once he get's the 50p (about a dollar) he opens a porthole that looks like a speaker grill...and shows his face & sings. Back to the arcade cabinet, it would still be to flimsy with a tube screen & also top heavy, it would need wood/metal framework and weights on the bottom back if cabinet. Still it's ok