Make the Bartop Arcade System You’ve Always Wanted — with Scraps!

Since you’re reading Hackster’s blog, it’s a near certainty that you’d like to have a home arcade cabinet to play your favorite retro…

Jeremy S. Cook
2 years agoGaming

Since you’re reading Hackster’s blog, it’s a near certainty that you’d like to have a home arcade cabinet to play your favorite retro classics. If not, you’ve probably already built one, but assuming the former, Howard Taylor shows that it is indeed possible, making one with hand tools and mostly scraps!

Taylor’s project starts with him obtaining the needed electrical parts, including a monitor, Raspberry Pi, sacrificial USB speakers, along with the various buttons, joysticks, and USB adapter needed for user input. If you’ve been experimenting with electronics for any time, you likely have many of these parts just lying around, and a spare monitor can be had secondhand quite cheaply if needed.

With parts in hand, it was a matter of cutting up various scraps of wood, using a printed template to keep things straight. The results came out quite nicely, especially after sanding things as needed. The build was then taped off and spray painted, leaving a machine that looks like a lot of fun to play and that wouldn’t look out-of-place in a well equipped rec room.

Check out the build process in the video below — including a conversation about creating one versus buying a machine around the 8:00 mark — along with some demos of the bartop arcade in action.

Jeremy S. Cook
Engineer, maker of random contraptions, love learning about tech. Write for various publications, including Hackster!
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