The greatest WOODY arcade machine, version 2

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Project by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 04-22-2010 07:27 AM 6924 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, here it is, the new and improved, and much smaller Super Woody arcade machine. If you take a look at my other arcade project, you will notice that this one is much smaller. A couple years of woodworking and some improved tools helped to reduce the build time on this machine from 2 – 4 months, down to under 3 weeks. The configuration and wiring actually took more time on this than building it. Oh yeah, the alcohol on this one was consumed during the wiring phase, that might have something to do with some mis-configured keys…..

Just a few pointers and I’ll leave it at that…

The carcass of the unit is made using some scrap plywood I had laying around the shop. It is assembled using pocket hole joinery. The bottom is made of 1/2 inch mdf. I used a 3” and 5” hole saw for the speakers and trackball holes the joystick and button holes were cut using a 1 1/8” bit.

Now for the electronics. The screen is a 19” flat screen that wasn’t being used for anything else. The computer is a Foxconn Intel Atom dual core board with 2gb of ram. There are two 500gb hard drives attached to this. The trackball is from Happ controls and connects via usb or ps/2 port. The buttons are programmed to an I-Pac 4 controller board. Yes, the amplifier in this puppy is an old kenwood car amp, which is powered by an a/c to d/c inverter. It will get louder than the speakers can handle. By the way the speakers are a couple of six inch Clarions I had laying around.

And just in case you were wondering. The unit is sitting on my workmate, what better use is there for a workmate? The panel lays down so that four players can enjoy gauntlet, or play vertically oriented arcade games. If you remember the old pac-man cocktail cabinet games, that was the inspiration for the extra controls. Yes, it does have a ton of games on it and yes it is sitting in my living room in front of the recliner.

I welcome any questions or comments on this one.

Note: I added a picture of the arcade from the back. I didn’t realize until the next day it was missing.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 07:46 AM

That’s really cool. I hope someday you’ll invite me over and I can pick up some of that stuff you have just laying aroung. It’s better than the stuff I buy. lol


-- Jim

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 07:55 AM

great maschine you have created there
but sad how little you can use it
with all the dust you have to make
in the future
better give it to somybody who
will give it a desent life with lot
of laughing kids around


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#3 posted 04-22-2010 11:27 AM

Pretty fun looking game you have there!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 12:58 PM

WOW, this may of been the best project ive ever seen!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 01:26 PM

Very cool! I take it you have a full PC in there? I hope so because Marvel VS. Capcom 3 was just announced :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 01:56 PM

well i see you are at it again—very nice work, i like this one. i will post a pic of one i built last fall

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 03:53 PM

Cool, that would look great in a home bar.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 04:38 PM

Too cool. With my electronics capability the darn thing would catch on fire after a few hours.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 05:18 PM

Well, the original idea for this came from me wanting to convert my dining room table into an arcade machine since I don’t have room for the previous machine. Usually my wife doesn’t mind me and my quirky projects, but I did get a definite “NO” on that one. I have to agree that her argument was completely valid. Me and the kids would never finish supper….. Ha, I can hear it now. “Kids quit playing the table and eat your supper. Honey, back me up on this.” and my response would be… “Hang on a second, I’m almost finished with this level.”

Long story short, I decided to make a “tabletop” version that you see here. There are tons of of ideas and projects over at the BYOAC forums, I just don’t like the people over there for the most part. They’re too obsessed with MDF and T-moulding. Personally, I like to see the natural and man-made combined like this. I mean really, who would laminate a solid maple countertop?

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 05:55 PM

The only sad thing in all that is—-
Yes—I do remember those tables
and all the quarters I pumped into them and their vertical brothers and sisters back in the day.

Very cool work.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#11 posted 04-22-2010 07:46 PM

does the first and 4th players have to play on the verticle surface. seems uncomfortable. Sweet project.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#12 posted 04-22-2010 09:50 PM

No, the screen lays down and all of the controls / buttons are completely independent.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#13 posted 04-23-2010 06:16 AM

oh you should have added that pic,to make it clear.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#14 posted 04-23-2010 01:11 PM

Wow…now that is cool.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#15 posted 10-14-2010 01:11 PM

Now this is cool…........I’m am also an IT guy and woodworking is a great change of pace from the day to day keystrokes of the network world. I work with a couple of youger guys (30’s) that love this gaming world thing. About as close as I ever got to gaming was a pac man coffee table console. Pac man rulles…...

Great job,

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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