Vewlix 'Slim' Arcade Cabinet / Machine

About: I love building things. There's little more satisfying than bringing an idea to life whether it be for my kids, or the big kid in me.

A DIY arcade machine based on the Japanese Vewlix sit down design. This uses a 24" rather than 32" monitor - hence the 'Slim' title. Intermediate woodworking skills required.

Materials:

  • MDF
  • Wood strips
  • Screws
  • Cast acrylic (clear and opal)
  • Artwork (paper and vinyl
  • Leveling feet
  • 4.1 sound
  • Sanwa stick and buttons
  • Hacked XBOX pad
  • High impact polystyrene
  • Blackboard vinyl
  • Speaker grilles
  • Paint and varnish

Tools:

  • Workbench
  • Clamps
  • Router
  • Jigsaw
  • Power drill / driver
  • Foam roller

Step 1: Base Unit.

The base unit was constructed to be the same width as the monitor.

Step 2: Shaped Sides.

These were made from 18mm and 12mm MDF with a deep beveled edge using a large chamfer bit.

Step 3: Marquee Section.

The top section for the marquee was cut to line up with the side pieces. The first piece was uses as a template to cut further pieces. The edges were chamfered to line up with the sides.

Step 4: Marquee and Sides Fitting and Trimming.

The sides of the base were cut to ensure they lined up correctly with the sides. The top pieces were glued together and attached to the sides. Legs were attached with self leveling feet.

Step 5: Control Panel

The control panel was built with a removable lid, shaped sides and an inlay for a light bar.

Step 6: Painting

The base was undercoated, painted with flat black paint with polyurethane varnish applied. Several coats of each with sanding and filling between coats. All products were water based.

The sides were sprayed with white automotive paint.

Step 7: Artwork

Artwork was created in Photoshop to be used for the Marquee, control panel and side art. The latter would eventually be printed on self adhesive vinyl to stick to the machine's sides.

Step 8: Control Panel Fitting.

An XBOX arcade pad was hacked and soldered. Sanwa buttons and joystick were used for the controls.

Step 9: Skinning

The control panel was covered in blackboard vinyl (more durable and thicker than most). An opal acrylic strip was added for the light bar.

Step 10: Cladding of Sides and Top.

High impact polystyrene sheet was cut to apply to the sides. This was covered in vinyl beforehand.

Step 11: Finishing.

Speaker panels were built for the sections above and below the monitor. The speakers are powered by a 5.1 sound system running in a dual stereo configuration.

Blanking strips were made to hide the monitor bezel and overlap with the speaker panels to keep things tidy. The original cabinet has these also.

An acrylic artwork holder was attached to the top, again, like the original cabinet.

A coins lot and self made 'Insert Coin' sticker were added for authenticity.

Step 12: Play Time.

The cabinet up and running. Powered by either a PC or XBOX used mainly for fighting and other arcade games.

A customised Maximus Arcade Front End has been added for game selection.

Step 13: Next Steps.

Custom artwork and moves lists of Mortal Kombat X will be printed off and applied to the cabinet.

If you enjoyed this project, please feel free to leave a comment and look at my other designs.

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Oh man, I thought your driving cabinet was awesome. Your house must be the hangout spot. l have major envy going on. Your ability to turn MDF into the creations you do are awe inspiring.

I am nominating you for a Pro Membership. Your projects are just way too cool and underappreciated.

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RafaelS215

6 months ago

First: your arcade machine is awesome! the best vewlix that i found in internet.
Second: i am going to build one, and i really apreciate an answer in this: how is attached the cp part (the one with the joystick, buttons, art) to the main cp? I mean how is secued so you can play without be afraid of everything will go out...

Thanks in advance.

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andycflee168

12 months ago

Do you have the mesurements?

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RobertW428

1 year ago

Is the Chamfer on the outer sides different to the inner?

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ThereIs0nly0neRobertW428

Reply 1 year ago

Yes, on this build there's a heavier chamfer on the outside than the inner.

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CarlaR21

3 years ago

hi, this is amazing, do you have de plans to build?

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ThereIs0nly0neCarlaR21

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks. I put some basic ones together here:

http://www.thewayiplay.com/mainforum/index.php?topic=1128.0

They're 7 years old now and don't include some of the modifications but the dimensions are still sound. If you build one, good luck!

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BlakeS50ThereIs0nly0ne

Reply 1 year ago

The link doesn't seem to be working. Are those plans still available?

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Warfidem

2 years ago

How did you attached the control panel to the cabinet?

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ThereIs0nly0neWarfidem

Reply 2 years ago

Hi there. I used several large bolts to attach the panel to the cabinet.

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KenS73

2 years ago

thanks for inspiring me to build one for my bedroom at home

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scanner37

3 years ago

Really good work. Can you point us to where to get the same polystyrene you used in step 10? Is that a wrap around?

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ThereIs0nly0nescanner37

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks. I can't recall where I sourced it from but it's standard high impact polystyrene sheet. I had to cut to shape and score / bend to fit it around the sides.

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sur1c4t4

4 years ago

beautiful design.

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dflynn5

4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!