This project started more so because I had a lot of parts that could be utilized in arcade more so then my desire to own my own MAME Arcade. So my goal was to spend as little as possible and utilize as many parts/materials I already had available.
Built around an old 15" Elo touch screen CRT monitor, which was free, there is a slight burn in of some poker game still on the screen but it barely noticeable and you can't beat free. Downside is it has a 14ga sheet metal case, along with the CRT the weight is immense. The cabinet has a slide out keyboard tray, 20w RMS Amp with 2x 3.5" 2-way speakers, DVD-Drive, 2.4ghz AMD Athlon, USB connected hot keys via a QuickKey Adapter, front-mounted USB, Firewire and audio line in for MP3 players. It offers controls for 2 players with 6 buttons, 1 start button and a joystick. The buttons are all Wired With RGB LEDs and are controlled using a Chromation Systems 48 Channel Mono / 16 Channel RGB LED Controller
Runs Windows XP that has been optimized for the touch screen interface. A custom Processing based Touch Screen Application Launcher was created for use with this, it starts when the computer boots up.
More info and Details can be found on the Table Top Arcade Cabinet Webpage
All the Mario, Pacman, Space Invaders, MAME and/or any other copyrighted graphics/works that were used in this project are property of their respective owners.
Step 1: Supplies & Materials
- 1 1/4 sheets of 4'x8' 1/2" thick MDF, needed a bit more than one 4x8 sheet. just a few pieces. I salvaged 3 sheets from a junk pile.
- 2'x4's, a single 8ft will work.
- 2" - 2.5" Wood Screws
- Sandable Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Masonite for monitor face
- 22"x11" 1/2" thick fine/smooth MDF for
- Quart of Latex, Black Semi-Gloss or Gloss
- Printed pattern for cabinet
- A PC that can handle the MAME and other software, I used a AMD Athlon 3300+ with 1gig RAM and a 40gig HDD. It was free after presumed dead.
- Monitor, touchscreen, used Elo CRT, got it free.
- 12x white LED arcade buttons, got them from e-bay, These Kind
- 1x Red LED arcade button
- 1x Blue LED arcade button
- 2x Arcade Joysticks, got mine off eBay for $27 for the pair shipped.
- 12x Common Anode RGB LEDs
- LED Controller such as 48 Channel Mono / 16 Channel RGB LED Controller or a LEDWiz
- QuickKey Adapter - Instructable
- ribbon cable for wiring the LEDs - Buy 50-strand
- Xin Mo Arcade Adapter - very easy, comes with all the wires ready to use ArcadeParadise
- Amp and Speakers or Computer speakers to hack(cheaper), I used a Lepai LP-20-20A+ Amp and 2x Pyle PLX32 3.5" speakers, got them from Amazon
- Table Saw or hand circular saw, Table saw will help immensely though.
- Jigsaw with proper blade for MDF, I used 15 TPI.
- 24"+ Bar Clamp
- Drill with various bits
- Countersink bit
- a few clamps of 3"+ inches
- Power Sander
- Paint scraper, for wood filler
- Hole saw for buttons and speakers
- Stuff for painting, brushes, rollers ect.
- Various Screws, Nuts, and Bolts
- 2" wood screws
- 10-12" Drawer Glides
- Standoffs for mounting the motherboard, with matching screws
- Long Hinge
- Push to Open Magnetic Latches