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Mini Bartop Arcade Cabinet

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I have allways dreamed to have my own fully functional 1980s style arcade cabinet, soooo....

After a lot of tinkering with original cabinet blueprints and old pc parts i had lying around , i have came up with a suitable scaled design that would fit some basic principles:

- Would not take a lot of space in my apartment;
- Preserved the lines of arcade cabinet of that era;
- Blend with the rest of my furniture;
- Mixed type cabinet ( it is bartop type but has a stand
making it full cabinet )
 
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Step 1: Planning...

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Nothing starts without a plan, so here it is!
I also saved by using wood i had stored from an old clothes cabinet,(i also wanted to recycle - that applyes to wood also)

Firstly i drew only the bartop portion, the whole hardware would fit into it, then i realised i did not had any place to put it on top of, so i drew a stand to acompany it ( this part is hollow )

Step 2: Test fit assembly

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Starting to take shape,i made the parts from the laminate i talked about, secured the sides, top and bottom with pine boards from the inside with wood bolts, i also drilled some holes from the inside in order to place wooden pegs - these would secure the wood board that will receive the controls.

The top of the barcade would have an oppening for the marquee and the bottom top board would securo two small 6cm speakers for the sound.

Step 3: Control assembly

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A PC-XT Keyboard was scrapped for the encoder cirquit, and the controls mapped for certain keys, wiring was soldered direct to the encoder.

An old Commodore Amiga joystick was scrapped too, to be used as main control, only the board and stick was saved ,and wired directly to the encoder

Openings were carved on the wooden control board, metal sheet coverings made out of 1mm thick steel sheet were added, as support for the stick and buttons (to ease the replacement of faulty controls )
mretuck3 years ago
Bad A$$!! Wish I knew how to do all that electrical/programming work. I would be all over this.
halo994 years ago
Would it be just easier to mount a tv inside of the cabinet and plug in one of those plug in play tv things and cut a hole for the joystick to make it look like a real arcade cabinate?
craig3 halo993 years ago
it would, but thats not nearly as much fun
Cubie24 years ago
I want one
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russm3134 years ago
Very nice arcade design.
rhoula6 years ago
Man this is great I love it. I looks so cool. Good Job.
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Great Job! It looks so cool!
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