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:


Alaiza Jean Vercida says:

that's some really nice craftsmanship dude i mean i ain't makin it but i enjoyed the process of you building it nice work again

DerBeff says:

Please do a video on how you come up with the plans for all your projects

GooberGage says:

what thickness plywood did you use

mspider12 says:

All that work and tools makes the 300 dollar table top one seem like a bargain.

Leo Siljander says:

This is my dream… own arcade cabinet…

Frédéric Villain says:

so much work, details, good ideas…for finally choose a wrong ratio screen, why 16/9 when almost all the old games are running in 4/3?

Chase King says:

Bob the builder

wyzzard357 says:

Why in God's name, with all this professional effort, you don't you use some quality audio parts, what a waste of opportunity, I ready admire your capabitlity though! Very appreciated.

BdR76 says:

10:50 The shelf space is nice, but why not have the monitor inside reflected on a mirror? Original arcade machines did this, and it adds a cool depth effect.

xXRMPMX13Xx says:

I would have lost my patience so quickly I probably would have just bought one on amazon

pegasi silver says:

I lost it at the CNC.
Might aswell be factory made.

CreativeGuy says:

With all that wood this thing must weigh a ton!

Jé Mirai says:

Pode dar um terremoto que ele fica de pé

asasn8or says:

Make one that you can dock a Switch into

Vince Carrington says:

Anyone that knows how to legit build an arcade… reply to this. Paying customer!!

Martin McCraven says:

My head is spinning.

Riddler says:

Woodwork master, so cool. ?

TinyMaths says:

I was thinking 'wow, this guy's good', but when you went to the 3D software, I was like 'OMG, this guy does it all', the old and the new, traditional techniques, fused with the modern. Then I felt embarrassed a bit because I'm still struggling with the basics of 3D modeling and taking far too long; 'shame on me'. Anyway, watching you work was an absolute pleasure.

Rufus Watson says:

This dude’s garage kicks ass.

Maniac Gameplay & Walkthrough says:

Amazing. That’s all I can say. Great job bud. Huge like. ?

xRyborgx says:

Wow that is super impressive. I have always wanted to own an Arcade machine. I may give this a try

Wilian Gonçalves says:

the price is too high! could do it for free.

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