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Project by ChuckNorris posted 04-02-2009 05:38 PM 2499 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at work built a home arcade similar to this. I borrowed a copy of his plans but decided to make considerable modifications to the actual cabinet shape. After visiting a local arcade with my tape measure and a few quarters I sketched my custom build plan and began to build.
The arcade cabinet is built from 3/4 particle board. The screen is an old 21” computer monitor behind Plexiglas. And my old home pc runs the games.
This project took a little longer than expected (3 days cabinet, 1 day paint, 2 days wiring) but hey, it’s for my kids, right? Yeah right.

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 05:46 PM

I realize this isn’t the greatest project for “LumberJocks” as it’s made from particle board and paint, but I thought I’d post it anyway. I’m currently building a new kitchen island that’s got a little more skilled wood working and less electronics. Should be able to post it in a couple weeks.

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 05:56 PM

Are you kidding? This is a great project!

Nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 04-02-2009 06:22 PM

This is cool. It’s good to see the progress pics as well. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 04-02-2009 06:25 PM

A friend of my brothers has a company where they build these all the time. They are great and a lot of fun. I love it. I might end up building myself one at some point.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#5 posted 04-02-2009 06:28 PM

If I only had space in the house… (My wife would still not go for it.)

Great job. Who cares if it’s not a walnut cabinet. It still rocks!

-- He said wood...

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#6 posted 04-02-2009 06:35 PM

Join the club! Here are other machines that your fellow lumberjocks have made.

Great looking job!

Click for details

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I didn’t want a large one so I built a smaller version:

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-02-2009 06:36 PM


I used to have MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that I built from a generic JAMMA (Japanese American) cabinet for real arcade games. It was a bit over sized and I eventually wound up selling it.

Yours looks fantastic!

Also, one of the build photos looks like it may have had an accident and the front lower corners got mashed?

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 06:52 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback.
Good eye LonelyRaven. I had just finished painting and was wheeling the cabinet back into the garage. It proved to be more than I could handle when I hit a rock and it fell over onto the concrete. Had to patch it up and repaint/reroute that area.

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 08:06 PM

where did you source the control panel from?

-- San Diego, CA

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#10 posted 04-02-2009 08:16 PM

The source panel is an X-Arcade Tankstick. You can see different models at

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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#11 posted 04-02-2009 11:21 PM

Great job ! I love to have one in home. In fact I followed up on the web site that you mentioned ( in the comment box above mine. for anyone else that wanted to know) and you guest it. Now my wife is mad at me and YOU for posting this and that website.

But don’t worry she doesn’t know where you live. ha ha

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#12 posted 04-03-2009 03:02 AM

Neat. Great job. I sure the kids will love it ;-)

-- BLOG -

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#13 posted 04-03-2009 03:51 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 10-10-2009 06:19 AM

My buddy and I built one of these about two years ago, mine’s all wood though. I hate particleboard personally, and it needed to be able to withstand the elements…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#15 posted 10-10-2009 07:49 AM

looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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