Picture of Kickin' Kiosk, Mp3 Jukebox
This Kickin' Kiosk will keep the speakers kickin' to everyone's favorite beat. The pulsating lights, good vibrations, ease of use, and familiar look make it a hit at any gathering. Easily select songs from a collection of MP3 music on a classic kiosk style jukebox. Browse through albums with simple arrow keys, make song selections from album and song numbers using a keypad. All of this using standard items such as an old computer, stereo, and some lighting components that anyone can put together with this instructable. Be sure to check out some of the hidden features such as;  it's light weight, wheels, and hidden handles for easy lifting and transporting to the party.
Check it out on YouTube http://youtu.be/v04W8FxHDF4

For this project there are several items that require multiple cuts using a jigsaw, or a scroll saw, and a drill for a pilot holes. Some of which could be completed on a laser cutter if you own one. The audio is provided by an old outdated computer connected to a stereo that has the proper input jacks. The project also contains a variety of brilliant lighting including; LED's, Neon, Florescent Back Lighting for display, Rope Light, and Incandescent Christmas Bulbs to light up the evening and bring the music to life.

Here are the items needed to complete this instructable that will entertain you, your family, and your friends for endless hours, for this is the instructable that keeps on giving.

Materials needed:
Windows XP computer with CD player & audio card with audio out port (standard on many computers)
VGA CRT Monitor or flat screen LCD monitor preferably with an adjustable height.
Keyboard and mouse
Mp3 playing Jukebox Software, I used jukebox simulator (http://www.jukeboxsimulator.com) but other jukebox software could work well also.
Stereo and speakers (with aux. audio in / line in connections)
1- 3' Cable, male mini stereo headphone jack on one end & 2 male RCA phono jacks on other end.
Utility Cart, 33 1/2" High, 24" Wide, by 18" Deep
3- 4'x8' Luan wood sheets
1/4 inch or 1/2 inch square trim, 4' long (to cover seam where wood sides meet curved top)
Wood glue
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Stain, Mahogany (all in one stain & finish recommended)
mirror hanging clamps
2- small hinges
wire strapping (to secure hardware)
3- 8.5 x11" transparency sheets or other thin flexible plastic sheets  (found in craft stores & in packaging)
Spray paint, white
Spray paint, silver or chrome
Spray paint, red
Spray paint, frost
Christmas light string, 20 bulb count.
Rope light, 12'
Sound activated Neon lighting kit (to light music symbols to the beat, automotive lighting)
LED light strip (to light keyboard, automotive lighting)
1- Power strip, 6 outlet or more.
1- Power pack, 12volt 1 amp  (to power Neon automotive light)
Tubing, 1" clear flexible
2 PVC couplers, 1 1/2"
Black cloth material (for speaker grill)
Black plastic material (to cover back of Kiosk)
Painters tape
small nails or brads
Jig saw,
scroll saw or laser cutter
Drywall Screws, course thread 6x 1 1/4"  (or other small screws that are colored dark)
Pin striping tape, red (automobile tape)
4- Old records, real or fake plastic (found in party stores and craft stores)
MIKESTEEN01177 months ago

I was thinking of going with a bubblier effect using Plexiglass tube, A fish tank air pump and a air stone and air tubing of course. But not all worked just yet LOL

carl.c.moon11 months ago

Hi there!!!! this is WICKED!!!!!! I am dying to have a crack at this...... i'm coming up for 50 now, & for my entire life, I have dreamed of owning a wurlitzer or a rock-ola in this style/shape...... but alas, life just does not allow me to do this.... but I am fairly handy with the tools, & have practically all the 'ingredients' :) ... so it's as close as I'm gonna get to having my own juke.... please would there be any chance of being able to watch your video, & see your baby in action?.. (clicked on the youtube link, and it says that this video is private) I understand though if you'd prefer not to :) thank you for the cool instructable for this KICK-ASS Kickin' Kiosk!!!!!

a1auto2 years ago
Awesome project! If I tried this, my garage would be unusable for months. Hats off to you!
Graydant2 years ago
Awesome Idea but how much did it cost. I have everything in that first picture, but for everything else I'd have to purchase, it seems like quite an investment to me. Still it is a cool project.
qquuiinn2 years ago
I have seen projects where the keyboard is taken apart and dedicated buttons are attached directly to they keyboard controller instead of using an entire keyboard like MAKE's winamp joystick. Have you considered this?
jimmmm (author)  qquuiinn2 years ago
I could have easily used keyboard, or keypad parts to create a custom controller but there were several reasons I used a complete keyboard the way I did; I wanted to have a hidden full size keyboard at the front of the kiosk for managing my mp3's such as naming songs and album folders ect. And for managing and maintenance of the OS. I only need to flip up the cover to access the full keyboard. I wanted the build to be simplified and I also wanted to incorporate standard components that could be easily replaced in case of failure. I have a duplicate keyboard that fits in the back of my cabinet and it can be swapped out in minutes if needed, I also keep a spare LCD screen. In kickin' kiosk 2.0 I am installing 2 mother boards, 2 power supplies and 2 hard drives mounted in cabinet for redundancy. I have never had a failure but wanted to be prepared for quick and easy component replacement if it were to occur.
very cool, do you think this could be done with a raspberry pi instead of a dedicated comp?
jimmmm (author)  amandaghassaei2 years ago
Using an old PC for this project worked perfect and helped recycle what may have ended up in a landfill, not to mention made my dollar go allot further. With the right programming skills another type of microcomputer board may also work, but the best choice for me was an old windows PC running windows XP. Thanks for the comments.