There is text between pictures.
This post is just to document some progress on the new arcade system I’m building. Â This way I won’t lose the pictures I’ve taken. Â 🙂
So, I started by ordering a kit of CNC cut MDF, which is a short cut for those of us with little patience. Â It basically just arrives as a box of wood:
Using a kreg jig, Â self-tapping screws, wood glue, etc, I started to have something resembling a bartop arcade box:
Next deal was to take an old 19″ LCD monitor, and remove the panel from the plastic housing. Â I took out all the screws I could find, but ended up busting the case into pieces anyway. Â Doesn’t matter, this thing will never be a computer monitor again. Â Used some pieces of 1×2 to build up a support on the back, then attached the monitor to the MDF piece which fits in the cabinet:
At this point it was time to finally start building the control panel. Â I bought two Sanwa joysticks from Japan, and a bunch of Happ arcade buttons. Â These are the same hardware they use to make Ms Pacman and Galaga.
Inserted one joystick and one button into control panel: Â (Monica was kind enough to paint the control panel black for me. Â If I had done it there would be runs and strange lines and smudges.)
Installed the other joystick, and all the buttons. Â Pictures show completed setup, then hardware underneath, then everything wired together into a USB controller. Â God help me if any of that doesn’t work right.
Here it is before and after a coat of black paint:
After that I finally cut/painted the Plexiglas so you can’t see the edges of the monitor:
Last two steps will be the marquee and the back door.