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  • A Super Easy Arcade Machine from 1 Sheet of Plywood

    Glad to see that more people are building these! Many good examples. This is a pretty easy build, and the result is a nice little cabaret style cabinet. I have more experience in electronics, and this was my first attempt at "woodworking". Took me about 14 hrs all said and done to get it finished and working.I went for the standard size. I'm 6'1", and it's fine for seated adult. I think I mounted by control panel a little higher than the plans to make extra leg room. I really wanted a cab to play the classics like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaga, etc, so the vertical option worked perfectly for my project. 19" monitor mounted straight to a board!Since I wanted to have a jamma compatible cabinet, elected to go with the 60-in-1 board kit from Holland. Came with stick, but...see more »Glad to see that more people are building these! Many good examples. This is a pretty easy build, and the result is a nice little cabaret style cabinet. I have more experience in electronics, and this was my first attempt at "woodworking". Took me about 14 hrs all said and done to get it finished and working.I went for the standard size. I'm 6'1", and it's fine for seated adult. I think I mounted by control panel a little higher than the plans to make extra leg room. I really wanted a cab to play the classics like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Galaga, etc, so the vertical option worked perfectly for my project. 19" monitor mounted straight to a board!Since I wanted to have a jamma compatible cabinet, elected to go with the 60-in-1 board kit from Holland. Came with stick, buttons, jamma harness, power supply and the arcade board for $99. This all needed to be wired up, but pretty simple stuff if you have some knowledge of these old machines.The way the cabinet goes together allowed me to build the control panel in such a way that it's just held in place by a few posts. Meaning it can be lifted off, and a new one installed pretty easily if I decide to add a trackball or something.For the screen bezel, I had a piece of plexi cut to size by a local shop. Painted out around the area the screen shows through, and the effect was quite good! The "t-molding" is painted, and looks pretty nice. I Finished off the back and underside of the panel with sintra foam board. Sturdy, and will keep hands out of the wiring. Added a little hinged top between the "ears" (you can see it flipped up in the pics) for some access to the monitor area.I elected not to try the pin striping on this one. I'd really like to find some good sideart, but the cab being small and thin has made it difficult to find. Still also working on getting a permanent marquee, and lighting it, Anyone have suggestions on someone to do custom work?As far as playing it goes, found that it really doesn't rock or move all that much. Against a wall it really doesn't move.Over all a very cool way to bring some arcade action home! Materials:Spent $16 on sheet of 1/2" MDF sheet (enough for 2 cabs). Home Depot cut it for me except for the diagonal cut which I did with circular saw.60-in-1 Jamma kit from Holland computers. $99 http://www.hollandcomputers.com/store/pc/Jamma-60-...Paint/Wood glue/screws $20custom cut plexi for bezel $20If anyone else has made one, show your work!

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