Aug 14

More panels installed

Fitted the top panels and started on the monitor panel.

Purchased a slot cutting 2.4mm routing bit from Brights. This is used with a router to cut slots for the T-Molding. You really need a 1/16 inch slot cutting bit but it seems they are impossible to find. The next closest size I could get my hands on was a 2.4mm bit. Close enough. With a router it makes quick work cutting the slots – the T-Molding will then fit perfectly.

Aug 13

Top panel

Top panel measured, cut to size and fitted.

Aug 10

Purchased and installed coin door.

I bought a coin safety door, coin slot and t-edging from Indoor Amusements

Cut the coin door to size, cut out a hole for the safety door and fitted.

Aug 10

Bill of Materials

Added in spreadsheet to keep a running tab of the costs and where items where purchased.

Arcade Cabinet Bill of Materials

Aug 09

Side panels

Cute base to size

Fitted castor wheels

Left and right side panels

Fitted support beam and front panel

Aug 08

Measuring and cutting out side panels

After a lot of reading up and visiting tons of cabinet building sites I eventually decided to settle on the Centipede cabinet design. See here for plans and a pic

I’ve also uploaded some close up shots of the Centipede arcade which I’m going to base my build on.

First thing was to measure out the side panels.

After double checking the measurements (The old saying still applies – measure twice,  cut once) its time to start cutting.  You will make you life a lot easier and save yourself a lot of trouble if you made use of clamps when you are working.

Finally finished cutting out both side panels:

Also cut the sides off the TV so it doesn’t make the width of the cabinet too wide.

Aug 06

A few good sites to do some reading up on

Still busy reading up on the exact design I’m going to do and have come across a few useful sites worth mentioning.

Aug 01

Bill of materials for Arcade


A excel spreadsheet of all the items I’ve needed and where I purchased them.

Arcade Cabinet Bill of Materials

Jul 30

Wiring the push buttons

If you order the UltraStik you can also order the cable harness which will save you the trouble of building your own cables.

I’m going to build my own cable as its simple enough to do. You need a few crimp connectors and a header connector. The wiring should be easy enough to work out from here

Jul 29

MDF Wood and castor wheels

Got the wood from Lumber City. Not badly priced at all. A 16mm x 1820 x 2750 piece costs R340

Also purchased 4 x castor wheels for the base from Brights for R35 each.