|Project by SlaterNation||posted 03-11-2011 06:50 AM||5250 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
This was my first woodworking project which I completed last year. Everything is fully functional, including the coin door, lights and all. A computer which sits inside runs emulation software which plays many classic arcade games. I kind of started this on a whim thinking it wouldn’t take 1/50th the total time it ended up taking. Not sure exactly why I built this. I guess I always liked arcade machines growing up and this seemed like a cool project to try where I could also learn some about wiring and electronics.
I stupidly figured the wiring would be one of the hardest parts but really it turned out that just the basic cabinet construction gave me the most problems. The angled back gave me all kinds of trouble. I had really inadequate tools and a borderline dangerous lighting situation in my garage however it was a lot of fun trying to figure out how to get this thing built. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, all things considered. I am feeling that I will have to do a second pass at some point in the future to really give it a proper treatment.
Construction is predominantly MDF along with some pine for ledger boards. I used mainly a jigsaw, router, and handheld drill for construction. I had pretty much no idea what I was doing and made plenty of mistakes in the process but I also learned a lot. It is also what has gotten me hooked on woodworking. I’ve since completely renovated my garage into what is becoming a respectable shop space and am starting to do some projects using hardwoods (no more MDF for me please, that is nasty stuff!)