|Project by PDK||posted 11-01-2014 04:38 PM||1090 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
This fall’s pet project was a video arcade that plays the games of the generation I grew up in – the 70s and 80s. I took a number of photos with my cell phone, but about a week ago I decided to throw it in the wash with my laundry. As a result, I have only a few stray pics from the construction process.
The overall design is a “pedestal arcade” concept made of 4/4 Peruvian Walnut and 4/4 Striped African Mahogany. The arcade monitor and marquee are both framed out with Peruvian Walnut and hung using French cleats. The theme turned out to be a homage to the game Pac-Man with a backlit LED in front and speaker covers that resemble the ghosts from that game. The marquee is designed such that we can swap out different Plexiglas-backed titles. It is also backlit with an LED.
The control panel box opens up to access the wires connected to the controls and buttons, and is anchored to the pedestal using a few nuts and bolts. I opted to use support gussets in the front to provide added stability for the pedestal and prevent tipping. Truth is the 4/4 wood provides plenty of weight to keep the overall arcade stable. The front of the pedestal is angled back so we can use bar stools and have enough knee clearance to get close to the arcade controls.
There’s more I can share and I have the rough plans for the pedestal in an Excel spreadsheet if anyone has questions.
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