Arcade Game

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Project by sellenberger posted 05-04-2010 10:19 PM 2546 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about the pictures being sideways, cannot figure out how to get them up portrait. This was the most fun I had trying to solve so many problems at one time. I was asked to build a full size stand up arcade game. It had to be able to hold two popular video game consoles, full size removable joystick and video games. It also needed to have amplified audio, cooling, fit a particular tube tv, be mobile and match all the other wood in their game room. I saved the best for last; it also needs to be placed in their basement with a very narrow staircase. Solutions – Go to arcade “research, lots of research” to measure up something that might come close to what I need. Found everything I needed online with a little research and started the project. In the end it had 2 car speakers, 27 in TV, stereo amplifier, 2 cooling fans “back side”, full size joy stick, bottom cabinet, and it broke down into 7 pieces. Project is red oak ply and solid red oak for doors and trim. Finish pecan Danish Oil.

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

You could always lay down and play it (side was pics) LOL! Just kidding! Nice job! Reminds me of the arcade I went to as a kid!

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 11:04 PM

This is BEAST what kind of games did you put in there.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 11:16 PM

Great job on it. Good to see people still building these.

My uncle he and another partner up to create a company called HanaHo Games Inc.
He designed the DDR arcade machine (Dance Dance Revolution). And other arcade joystick so on.

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 11:42 PM

Playstation and Xbox were the to games consoles. The person who wanted it built had a bunch of throw back to the 80s games.

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 03:05 AM

This is pretty awesome….I would put it in my house and charge the boys a quarter a pop for it….make some coin

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 04:19 AM

That is awesome! Been playing with this idea for my kids. Was thinking of even painting it in that funky arcade stencil style! Any chance of seeing the inside? Would love to see how you mounted the screen and the electronics.

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 05:41 AM

do want, must has

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 05:45 AM

Cool looking arcade center.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 05:46 AM

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

Very cool.

As for rotating the pictures depending on your version of windows you should be able to open the pictues in the picture viewer and rotate right or left. Anything Windows XP and newer should be able to do this. If you want a good editing software try PAINT.NET here It’s free and pretty easy to use. There is also GIMP which is like a free photoshop replacement but is more advanced.

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

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 04:32 PM

Nice job. It is interesting to see an arcade in oak. They are usually mdf and painted.
You said it had to be mobile. Are there casters underneath to roll it around?

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 06:23 PM

I have a MAME arcade at my home. Look up MAME or M.A.M.E. to get that machine running more than two games. Very nice woodworking

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#13 posted 05-07-2010 08:06 PM

great work it shuold fit right into any mancave I can think of


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