Introduction: Short Two-Headed Arcade Cabinet
My wife wanted another kid, but I wanted to build a retropie game cabinet, so I built a short one with two monitors.
Most of the supplies are from ebay
4 Pre-made table legs
1" x 12" pine wood
16 arcade buttons
2 - 10" monitors
3' led strip
Raspberry pi 2b running retropie
HDMI dual monitor adapter
2 - 100w 3" speakers
300w audio amp
112v system power switch
Power button for pi
3 momentary buttons for internal leds
Step 1: Building the Base
• I started with a prefabricated coffee table base; four legs and a rectangle which I shortened a bit.
• Next I cut some panels that would position the monitors at a comfortable angle and allow space for the internal components.
• For the removable bottom panel, I used a piece of pegboard fastened by 4 screws.
• The surface is "upholstered" with left over formica from a different project.
Step 2: Adding Components
• Everything that needs power plugs into the power strip mounted on the inside.
• The holes for the monitors were cut with a jig-saw
• A 3" hole saw was used to make the holes for the speakers on the sides.
• As an embellishment I included USB Powered RGB 5050 LED Strip Lighting.
• The power buttons, led strip controls and USB ports are on the bottom of the "Player 1" side.
• The volume control knob is in the center of one side, below the speaker hole.
Step 3: Finishing
• For the top, I adhered a wood veneer onto a thin sheet of plastic, and cut holes relative to the screens and buttons.
• This wood/plastic sheet is sandwiched between the body and a piece of plexiglass and is held in place with 6 carriage bolts.
• The plexiglass was cut with a jig saw and shaped with a plastic bending tool.
• Through the retropie interface, I was able to upload a custom mp4 video with an illustration of the game cabinet.
Step 4: Testing
So far my older kids and I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it.
Participated in the