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Project by RadioActiveRich posted 09-02-2015 10:04 AM 1368 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay, this isn’t exactly fine furniture, but without the cabinet this project would have been a bust. Since finishing this I’ve learned two things;

1) Woodworking skills can enhance ANY project
2) My son is a FAR better Galaga player than I :(

This was a ton of fun and definitely won’t be my last cabinet.





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 09-02-2015 12:20 PM

That is absolutely killer! Ive been dying to make one of these cabinets for along time but I just don’t have the computer or electronic skills to back it up. That will be some serious family fun for a long time.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 01:06 PM

Very, very cool. Galaga rocks!!!!!!!!!
Is this all made from scratch somehow or did you just refinish a cabinet?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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PoohBaah

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#3 posted 09-02-2015 04:46 PM

Awesome project. I am in the midst of doign all the programming and electronic work before i get the cabinet all together.

chrisstef -Here is an awesome video that i have used as a major resourse. He lays it out in easy terms and i will atest that it works bc i played frogger on my TV last night.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCwQtwIwAmoVChMIgarw_-XYxwIVAROSCh173QUz&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRcsKNryPAzw&usg=AFQjCNERPaHajBQLlMlB52L-QMXPUSWNTA&bvm=bv.101800829,d.aWw

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toddbeaulieu

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#4 posted 09-02-2015 07:02 PM

Galaga was my game back in the day. Ah … the sound of walking into an arcade after school!!!!

I had never heard of retropie. Wow! I’m in!

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 09-02-2015 07:51 PM

Right on, thanks Poohbaah.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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RadioActiveRich

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 08:50 PM

Thanks for all the compliments. And yes, this cabinet was done from scratch. In fact, to accommodate the readily available sizes of Plexiglass, I actually tweeked the design to use an 18” X 22” sheet without much cutting.

If you’re thinking of making one of these, I wouldn’t go the RasPi route unless the open architecture (ability to add games) is very important to you. I suggest visiting http://www.hollandcomputers.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=2511 on Holland Computers website. They sell an embedded controller with a power supply and all the necessary connectors etc. If you take your time and pay attention to the wiring diagrams, this is not difficult at all.

Hope you will all post your projects as you complete them. Feel free to message me with any questions. ;)

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Cereal4Dinner

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 11:48 PM

What is the screen? LCD? CRT?

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RadioActiveRich

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#8 posted 09-05-2015 01:46 PM

I had a few 19” Dell LCD monitors, so I used one of them with all the plastic removed.


What is the screen? LCD? CRT?

- Cereal4Dinner


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Rick M

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#9 posted 09-06-2015 05:08 AM

Fantastic job. Many years ago I was really into the MAME thing. I built some control boards and refurbished a cabinet but never got around to building my own. Matter of fact I found a box of arcade buttons the other day, getting ready to toss them on ebay. Your cabinet sure brings back some memories. Add some more pics, got any of the construction?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 09-06-2015 06:06 AM



Your cabinet sure brings back some memories. Add some more pics, got any of the construction?

- Rick M.

Ditto!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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