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Project by PDK posted 11-01-2014 04:38 PM 1704 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This fall’s pet project was a video arcade that plays the games of the generation I grew up in – the 70s and 80s. I took a number of photos with my cell phone, but about a week ago I decided to throw it in the wash with my laundry. As a result, I have only a few stray pics from the construction process.

The overall design is a “pedestal arcade” concept made of 4/4 Peruvian Walnut and 4/4 Striped African Mahogany. The arcade monitor and marquee are both framed out with Peruvian Walnut and hung using French cleats. The theme turned out to be a homage to the game Pac-Man with a backlit LED in front and speaker covers that resemble the ghosts from that game. The marquee is designed such that we can swap out different Plexiglas-backed titles. It is also backlit with an LED.

The control panel box opens up to access the wires connected to the controls and buttons, and is anchored to the pedestal using a few nuts and bolts. I opted to use support gussets in the front to provide added stability for the pedestal and prevent tipping. Truth is the 4/4 wood provides plenty of weight to keep the overall arcade stable. The front of the pedestal is angled back so we can use bar stools and have enough knee clearance to get close to the arcade controls.

There’s more I can share and I have the rough plans for the pedestal in an Excel spreadsheet if anyone has questions.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 04:47 PM

That is awesome!! My son, who is turning fifteen this month, loves the vintage video games. He is in the process of building his own control panel. something like yours.

Great job, this will inspire him.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 05:29 PM

Want one!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Alan Hart

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 09:05 PM

Can something like this be made for todays game systems? I’m not a gamer or even know anything about electronics, but my two sons would get a kick out of something like this.

-- Al Hart

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 07:40 PM

Nice Arcade. Every man who lived in the 80´s should have one of these. I have one in my projects too.

I think this is the first pedestal cabinet, I´ve ever seen.
Thumbs up on the design. I especially like, how monitor and marquee are wall mounted separately. Very original

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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