Upright Arcade Cabinet

by krusty, published

Upright Arcade Cabinet by krusty Feb 26, 2011

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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.


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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This is really cool. My dad used to have a Space Invaders arcade cabinet, so I think I might make this for him for father's day.

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 )

must begin production! 8-)

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

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

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

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


This is the coolest thing I have seen in awhile. I have been trying to figure out how to resize this for 1/4" slots and I can't figure it out. I would like to use this for a Arcade Tournament Trophy, we are having our own little thing and this would be perfect. Can you help me??

Hi! Sure :)

How thick is the material you're using
amp; are you wanting it the same size or bigger??