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Upright Arcade Cabinet

by krusty, published

Upright Arcade Cabinet by krusty Feb 26, 2011

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Description

Being a child of the 70's, arcade games hold more for me than these xbox things... I've often thought about buying one - a real one - for home. I've looked at MAME cabinets and all sorts of options, but at the moment I've only got a little place with little space, so what I needed was a little arcade machine. I drew this up over the last couple of evenings in CorelDRAW. It stands about 130cm / 5" tall.

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I built the larger one out of wood. It works great. I'm going to add little blocks of wood to the bottom corners and have screws hold the bottom on. Top is glued on. Thanks Krusty, my 11 yr old son really likes this. Building 2 more for gifts.

Would someone be able to convert the files to a DXF format please?

I have cut the 1/4" file and it fits great with acrylic. I also cut a 1/4" walnut and that took a little time( rubber mallet )

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Instructions

Two files are included with this thing - one with the Space Invader artwork like in the photos, the other is completely blank - add your own!!

Use 3mm Acrylic.
Black lines - cut through (outside of box, coin slot etc.)
Yellow lines - cut lightly (shadow effect on side of cabinet)
Red lines - engrave (monsters on side of cabinet & playfield)

It's a bit of a puzzle to put together - there's 12 pieces. My only suggestion is check twice before glueing! (Yes, my first go at assembly ended up with a piece around the wrong way and a gap lol)

The artwork is designed to be on the inside of the cabinet - if you're going to make one of these out of MDF or similar, flip the artwork at least on the screen, otherwise it will be mirrored.

Oh!! And don't glue the top on - then you won't get your coins out again!

Edit I've uploaded a larger file to suit 1/4" by request. This will give you a cabinet that's 11" tall however I don't have any 1/4" so haven't yet tested it. Comments/Feedback on the upscale would be appreciated!

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Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 said:

I built the larger one out of wood. It works great. I'm going to add little blocks of wood to the bottom corners and have screws hold the bottom on. Top is glued on. Thanks Krusty, my 11 yr old son really likes this. Building 2 more for gifts.

OperaMan on Dec 29, 2011 said:

Would someone be able to convert the files to a DXF format please?

laseriffic on Sep 8, 2011 said:

I have cut the 1/4" file and it fits great with acrylic. I also cut a 1/4" walnut and that took a little time( rubber mallet )

dietz1 on Feb 28, 2011 said:

must begin production! 8-)

Schorhr on Feb 27, 2011 said:

Awesome. Too bad I have no laser cutter... but printing an arcade machine model would be nice :)

krusty on Mar 1, 2011 said:

I'd love to see a 3D printed version :) That would be neat!

dissidence on Feb 27, 2011 said:

if i could i would try to put a lcd and arduino in it.

krusty on Mar 1, 2011 said:

A bit of scaling and I'm sure it would fit, and would give some 'guts' to the whole cabinet!

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