As a tribute to my high school electronics and engineering classes, I decided to leave them a gift that would attract new students and be entertaining. What better to do so than an AWESOME Arcade Machine!

Design Choice:

For this arcade machine I wanted the feel of a full sized cabinet, but with the portability of a bartop cabinet. There were no real options or previously done hybrid cabinets that I could find, so I decided to draft my own design and build a cabinet from scratch!

If you noticed, the arcade was built from plywood and not MDF. Personally, I would have chosen MDF as it is much, much easier to work with, but my electronics teacher insisted to have the archaic feel of a table top cabinet (stained wood). As a compromise, we decided to have the sides digitalized and the middle portion stained.

Step 1: AutoCad Files and Drafts

These are the files I have in regards to the dimensions. Unfortunately I do not have the original CAD files, but in the pictures displayed there is the side profile design for:

Sharp corners

Rounded edges

The choice of width is up to you and the TV/LCD you choose. If you are using 3/4 MDF, use this formula to calculate the total exterior width:

1.5" MDF (if measuring from outside edge) + 2" Wiggle Room + TV/LCD Width = Total Width


Whoa! I love the cabinet and you did an excellent job of documenting this :D
Thank you! I really appreciate it :)
<p>Hi, where do i download the drafts?</p>
cool instructable, i need more info for connect the cpu to the crt tv
Sure thing! Your best bet is to use an older laptop that has S-Video output.<br> <br> Then use one of these adapters to convert the video from S-Video to Yellow Composite........or RGB if your TV supports RGB (Red, Green, Blue):&nbsp;<br> <br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SVID2COMP-S-Video-Composite-Adapter/dp/B0000BZ2WC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376913965&sr=8-3&keywords=s-video+adapter" rel="nofollow">S-Video to Yellow Composite</a><br> <br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/pin-mini-Component-YPbPr-Adapter/dp/B0042LHBJ6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1376913888&sr=8-3&keywords=s-video+to+component" rel="nofollow">S-Video to RGB</a>&nbsp;<br> <br> (Make sure to take note if your S-Video Laptop is 7 pin or 4 pin. If it is 4 pin, you can't do RGB).<br> <br> <br> If you don't have S-Video, that's fine, your next best bet is VGA, BUT you need a converter box.&nbsp;<br> <br> You can convert VGA straight to Yellow Composite through this adapter:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lake-Converter-compatible-Windows-S-Video/dp/B00351VWKI/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1376913888&sr=8-12&keywords=s-video+to+component" rel="nofollow">VGA to Yellow Composite</a><br> <br> <br> I wouldn't recommend using a hdmi -&gt; crt tv, because all you're doing is downgrading the image quality to match the crt display, and it is more practical to go with VGA.<br> <br> Thanks, and if you need help on the terms (like &quot;whats yellow composite&quot;) just shoot me another message!&quot;<br> <br> <br> <br>
Awesome job! Great work and great communication and documentation. 10,000 cool points to you :p
That's nice! Makes me want to build one, haha.
Sweet design, man! Props from a Cape CTC graduate!
Hey thanks! If you're in the area, stop by the ctc anytime, the arcade machine is in the audio-visual room and I usually hang out in the electronics class :)
Very, very quality work, I am impressed. Props bro.
Really nice! keep on posting <br>

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