Arcade Cabinet build – Part 1 // How-To

Check out how I made my own custom arcade cabinet to run retro games on a Raspberry Pi!
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HERE’S WHAT I USED: – Arcade Cabinet – Digital plans – SawStop cabinet saw – Skil circular saw – Speed square – 54″ Drywall T-Square – Dewalt 20v drill driver combo – Dewalt compound miter saw – Dremel Tool – Grizzly G0555LANV Bandsaw – Grizzly Drill Press (WAAAAY overpriced (3x) on Amazon, buy from Grizzly directly.) – Kreg Rip Cut (circular saw guide) – Kreg R3 pocket hole jig – clamp – 1/2″ Overlay Face Frame concealed hinges – 48″ Piano Hinge – 11″ Digital Protractor – Digital Angle gauge – Classic steel ruler (cork back) – 24″ Soft-close drawer slides – 27″ LCD Monitor – X-Carve – Silhouette Portrait (vinyl cutter) – 3″ Speaker grilles – Logitech computer speakers

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It’s been a L-O-N-G time coming (probably longer than you know) but I’m so happy to finally present part 1 of my arcade cabinet build! In case you haven’t seen it, be sure to watch my older video all about setting up the Raspberry Pi (using RetroPie) and the controls. If you’ve got that system all up and running, putting it in something is the next step! I’ve been working on the plans for this system for a long time, rethinking them over and over to include all of the stuff I wanted my cabinet to have. This was especially important to me, since my wife gave me the OK for this to go in our living room. In my mind, that means that it HAD to be as practical as possible (even though it’s completely impractical by nature.)

The biggest difference in my cabinet and the vintage cabinets, is the fact that the modern electronics can literally fit in your pocket, so the majority of the cabinet is empty. I wanted to take advantage of that with my design…
I decided to keep all of the electronics in/around the controls and monitor. This left the area below the controls, and behind the monitor open, so I made them into storage. Underneath the controls is a simple bookshelf with two doors. Behind the monitor was harder to get to, so I designed the cabinet so that one side panel could actually swing open, revealing six drawers, each 24″ deep. Being able to swing open the side panel COMPLETELY changed the structure, in comparison to most cabinets, but I totally think it was worthwhile. Second channel: