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Arcade Cabinet build – Part 1 // How-To | I Like To Make Stuff

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Check out how I made my own custom arcade cabinet to run retro games on a Raspberry Pi!

Plans for this cabinet are available at

– Arcade Cabinet – Digital plans
– SawStop cabinet saw
– Skil circular saw
– Speed square
– 54″ Drywall T-Square
– Dewalt 20v drill driver combo
– Dewalt compound miter saw
– Dremel Tool
– Grizzly G0555LANV Bandsaw
– Grizzly Drill Press (WAAAAY overpriced (3x) on Amazon, buy from Grizzly directly.)
– Kreg Rip Cut (circular saw guide)
– Kreg R3 pocket hole jig
– clamp
– 1/2″ Overlay Face Frame concealed hinges
– 48″ Piano Hinge
– 11″ Digital Protractor
– Digital Angle gauge
– Classic steel ruler (cork back)
– 24″ Soft-close drawer slides
– 27″ LCD Monitor
– X-Carve
– Silhouette Portrait (vinyl cutter)
– 3″ Speaker grilles
– Logitech computer speakers

It’s been a L-O-N-G time coming (probably longer than you know) but I’m so happy to finally present part 1 of my arcade cabinet build! In case you haven’t seen it, be sure to watch my older video all about setting up the Raspberry Pi (using RetroPie) and the controls. If you’ve got that system all up and running, putting it in something is the next step! I’ve been working on the plans for this system for a long time, rethinking them over and over to include all of the stuff I wanted my cabinet to have. This was especially important to me, since my wife gave me the OK for this to go in our living room. In my mind, that means that it HAD to be as practical as possible (even though it’s completely impractical by nature.)

The biggest difference in my cabinet and the vintage cabinets, is the fact that the modern electronics can literally fit in your pocket, so the majority of the cabinet is empty. I wanted to take advantage of that with my design…
I decided to keep all of the electronics in/around the controls and monitor. This left the area below the controls, and behind the monitor open, so I made them into storage. Underneath the controls is a simple bookshelf with two doors. Behind the monitor was harder to get to, so I designed the cabinet so that one side panel could actually swing open, revealing six drawers, each 24″ deep. Being able to swing open the side panel COMPLETELY changed the structure, in comparison to most cabinets, but I totally think it was worthwhile.

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Arcade Cabinet build – Part 1 // How-To | I Like To Make Stuff

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  1. It’s great, it looks cool, look at my vertical arcade machine, the egg-shaped appearance, and the auto-rotating screen is also super cool

  2. Doesn’t look like I’ll be making one of these lol

  3. I think your cabinet is built better than my house.

  4. I do not like mdf because it fragile en too much heavy I prefer plywood

  5. I used a cardboard box, some tempera paints, Elmer's glue, some leaves and rocks, and an abacus. It's called Abacus Master………………………hasn't made a dime.

  6. Do the plans list the materials used? Screws and sizes and wood?

  7. Great build. Dis you post anywhere what hardware did you use to run this, how you programmed it? Was thinking of doing something similar and still have the option of plugging in a usb controller.

  8. Been watching a lot of these "Build an arcade" videos and this might be the highest-quality one so far. Now I just gotta work on getting a similar shop set-up to replicate!

  9. bro wtf you got a damn wood shop not everyone got all those tools or even have access to a woodshop

  10. My next arcade cabinet build will be entirely wood exterior. No bright paint, no plastic t-molding, no art decals, no LED buttons, I'll probably use black joysticks and buttons. Don't get me wrong, those were all great in an arcade or convenience store where the artwork was used to get attention, but I want an arcade that looks like it belongs in my home alongside all my furniture.

  11. I want to make an arcade cabinet where you can play blasphemous 4 buttons on top down left right a joystick 2 4 additional buttons for healing performing a spell dashing and parrying and the buttons become unfunctional after you die on your 3 playthroughs

  12. Would you donate 8 4×8 (inch thick) MDF wood to me I wanna finish my arcade project or should I send what I got so you can do it for me.

  13. I feel like this would be easier to do since buying an actual arcade is expensive

  14. I'm still planning to build this. The more I come back for reference the more older I can feel myself get.

  15. yeah but why do i have to pay 20$ for the plans

  16. I'm building a bunch of these, putting tons of games in each one and make them so you can play against people on the other cabinets, and putting them in my basement, now known as THE INFINICADE

  17. Thanks for the excellent video, I used it as guide to make my own arcade and the result was incredible.
    Bob, have you ever think about making a virtual pinball machine?.

  18. Total weight>>> 6.2 tones! I pity the fool that has to move that.

  19. Beautiful, perfect video! I hate you for that nice workshop you have there, I'm really jealous! One question though… WHAT THE F is an "inch"???

  20. Great project. But I was disappointed to see the terrible, undersized, underwhelming "computer" speakers chosen for the build. Everything else was great though.

  21. How to make your own arcade! With 100k worth of tools. Then screw up with the painting, vinyl and t-molding.

  22. Soo much work just to use crappy pc speakers.

  23. Hey Bob, the plans are great and I am almost done with my build but I do have a question on the bezel. MeshCam is on version 8.43. How do I set the toolpath for this STL file? The bezel loads in fine and I have my machine and tool selected but my tool path doesn't look like yours does in the video.

  24. Do you have any plans to download to make an arcade or fight stick that you lay on your lap or a table to play fighting games on consoles or pc? I’d love to make my own.

  25. I really love watching videos related to Arcade, specially making your own one. Thank you for this.

  26. Can't imagine having a workspace and tools to do this stuff. Still awesome

  27. I wanted to build my own then I watched this video. I think I’ll just save up for one that’s built lol. 👍

  28. amazing assemble mi friend, way you put TV was the best part!!!

  29. this cool enormous arcade cabinet with such small speakers

  30. Estoy del puto sistema imperial de medidas hasta la putísima polla, comedme los cojones

  31. this is a tank not a cabinet… god the waste…

  32. Dang man you completely over engineered the whole thing. You spent over twice as much just on the cabinet frame itself. And you're using a flat screen! You spent all that money dicking around on the frame and you couldn't afford a CRT?!?!

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