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Project:: Arcade

Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet

Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 14.08.2010
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Getting the wiring done

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

The joystick was delivered with a nifty connector including wires. For the buttons I selected the easiest route and soldered the wires and finished the solders with shrink tubing.

In this image you can also see the work that I had to do with an overhead router. The plywood was 9 mm thick and the acrylic on top of that was 6 mm. The threads on the buttons go only so far so I had to thin out the plywood a bit.

Also note the removable floor in this part of the cabinet. This allows easy access to the wiring and makes it easy to change the configuration when needed.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

Wiring is now all done and the I-PAC first nicely inside the cabinet. Now only thing to do here is to route the USB cable to the back of the case and hook it up to an USB port.

 

Matrix Orbital Typhoon

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

From the start I had an idea to include a smaller display to the top part of the cabinet where I could show what game is currently being played. Luckily we had couple of Dremel 4000 with us and I was able to carve out a slot to the ceiling plate for the display to sit in.

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

Smile! :)

 

Project:: Arcade - Tutorial on how to build a desktop arcade cabinet
 

The display sits behind the acrylic front window. To light up the marquee, I'm using two white CCFLs that sit nicely behind the screen.




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