1 year ago, I decided to create my own arcade cabinet from scratch with those ideas :
- based on a RaspberryPi.
- recycle many electronic devices that I didn't use anymore
- find plywood where i can
- and definitely not classic.
- bonus : as i made my plan i realize that I could use empty space as a bar.
A lot of research and a working hours later, I finally did it.
What you will need
- 6 m2 of plywood at least,
- a raspberry Pi 2 with a power supply and 16Go sd card,
- a screen with a HDMI cable,
- LED lights,
- a sound system,
- an arcade kit (buttons, joystick and connections to USB)
- paint, masking tape
- screw, wood glue
Step 1: Original Arcade Cabinet - Woodworking
Little gift, my plan is here. Everything is in millimeters and I don't have electronic plans ;-)
So I start with woodworking. cut , glue, screw... a lot of fun !
I don't have a lot of tools, I only used a jigsaw for all pieces.
As, you can see on photographies, i use palette wood cubes to make my base an two wood cleats to make it strong.
After cutting every pieces, when I start assembly, I used screw and fast setting wood glue.
The result is pretty strong and stable.
Step 2: Painting
Woodworking is done, next step painting.
First of all, I apply an undercoat to protect the structure and make paint more colorful.
As I made triangular pattern, I use a lot of making tape. To have this result, i start by applying masking tape then paint white and green in two coat.
And once again for black color.
The result is a mix between Nintendo character Yoshi or 1UP.
Step 3: Light and Sound
For this step, I only use old equipments out of order.
For light, I used an old set of Ikea LEDs . A lit bit of welding and a new power supply do the job.
I install then on the top of the arcade for enlightened screen and pad. A good hole saw made the job.
Same for sound, an old Logitech 5.1 out of order turned into 2.1 enough for retroGaming.
A little joint with the wood glue and some paint to make it nice.
Step 4: Pad
the gamepad is the master piece of the arcade because it can be move.
Inside, there is power supply, raspberryPi 2, joystick and buttons, USB hub.
I choose to use a full kit from a french website. The kit is made of 17 buttons, 2 joysticks, a PCB and all wires. There is also a power supply for LEDs
Regarding Raspberry operating system, i choose Recalbox, very convenient, user friendly and a massive community for support.
So, when i move it, I just need to unplug HDMI and sound cable.
Step 5: Setup
I use the structure to block all wires and save as maximum place as i can.
So now, grab a beer and Have Fun.
If you have any questions, fell free to ask.