I've wanted to build a cabinet for years, but never really got round to it. Last October I took to plunge after browsing online arcade sites and being inspired by other peoples efforts.
So here's my blow by blow cabinet construction blog, I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to contact me with questions if you're building your own.
So, here we go...
Jigsaws are surprisingly hard to control. You need a steady hand and lots of patience to get a good cut.
It's also a good idea to have a vacuum clearer handy!
Adding the base makes the whole thing more sturdy and solid.
I didn't bother with wheels. These are pads from the bottom of a sofa.
After a lot of searching I found a site here in the UK ( http://www.routercutter.co.uk/ ).
To cut the correct slot for standard arcade T-moulding you need:
- 6702A Slot cutter (Diam 47.63mm Kerf 2.03mm)
- B25 Bearing (Outer Diam 28.58mm, Inner Diam 7.94)
- A200B Arbor (Shank 6.35mm)
So you can see in the picture the slot and the T-moulding sitting just right.
- 20x led buttons with relays (6 yellow, 2 white start buttons, 12 red)
- 2x 8-way joysticks from Arcade World
- 1 Min PAC Keyboard Encoder with wiring kit
My Dad had some spare plexi-glass shelving, so he made the main parts of the control panel as another Christmas present! How cool!
You can see the plexi-glass surround with a metal base underneath. The joysticks are mounted on the metal under the plexi-glass so when the artwork is in place you can't see the screws.
I also needed high rez art work. It came down to Battlefield 3 or Borderlands 2, two for my favourite Xbox games. In the end I went for the vibrant and striking art style of Borderlands, it seemed a perfect fit for an arcade machine.
You can also see the mini PAC circuit board in the middle.
The TV is pretty thin, so I used a U shaped piece of aluminium to hold it in place.
Notice the 2 twisted cables going to the coin door. One is power to the LED and the other is connected to a micro switch in the coin mech. This is connected to the mini PAC and is used to register when a coin is inserted.
I order a 5.1 gaming surround system for the audio. It cost around £55 and it sounds awesome!
This required a lot of patience, measuring, checking and re-checking.
Here the artwork is trimmed and just tacked to the side.