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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 17 – The TV Monitor

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 17 – The TV Monitor

Right from the start one of the key parts of the arcade machine that I was thinking about was the TV monitor. I always wanted to use a CRT instead of a flatscreen. I felt pretty strongly about that. I just like the curve and…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 16 – Adding all the T-moulding

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 16 – Adding all the T-moulding

Most arcades generally have t-moulding (or t-molding) around all the edges. It’s a rubber edging which really makes the machine seem much more professional. The ’T’ refers to the cross-section ridge which sticks into a pre-cut slot on the edges of your arcade machine. T-moulding…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 15 – Printing and applying the vinyl

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 15 – Printing and applying the vinyl

After making the artwork the next question was where to get the vinyl stickers printed. I was always thinking I was going to get the vinyl printed at GameOnGrafix.com in the US. They are arcade artwork specialists and everyone seems to use them. They’re also…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 14 – Artwork

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 14 – Artwork

Right from the start I was excited about creating the artwork for the cabinet. One issue with artwork and design, however, is that I’m normally so full of ideas for things that I take ages deciding on what design I want. There are so many…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 13 – The Coin Door

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 13 – The Coin Door

I knew from pretty early on that I wanted a real coin door on the front. It just makes the whole thing look very genuine. I was hoping I might find a broken one on eBay but I couldn’t really find one. Arcade World UK…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 12 – Sanding and Painting

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 12 – Sanding and Painting

The arcade machine was basically all built at this stage and I had to prepare it for painting. Before doing my research I would probably have just painted it there and then, after maybe giving it a quick sand down very roughly. But the more…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 11 – Building the Control Panel

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 11 – Building the Control Panel

To be honest, the control panel was one of the parts of the build I was most nervous about. I had a specific idea in mind for the control panel. A lot of people build control panels that are square but I stubbornly wanted to…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 10 – Building the Cabinet

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 10 – Building the Cabinet

Once I had all my panels of wood cut, I could actually start the building. A nerve-wracking but also very exciting stage. This is where you really hope all your measurements are correct. But this is when all the work I put into modelling the…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 9 – Tools and Materials

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 9 – Tools and Materials

Before I talk in-depth about how I put the cabinet together, I’ll do a quick post about the tools I used. I didn’t really have many tools to start with, so I had to buy some and I borrowed some others from my father-in-law. So…

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Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 8 – Buying and cutting the wood

Building a Home Arcade Machine Part 8 – Buying and cutting the wood

Like any big project, the scary bit is often when you go from the plans to the actual physical build. Things start to get real. I had double checked and triple checked all my measurements and I knew I was ready to get the wood….

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