Here, I outline how I assembled the control panel for my arcade cabinet.
The marquee serves no real functional purpose except to look really freakin’ cool. Building this part wasn’t exactly rocket surgery (although I had a couple struggles)
The screen area is made primarily of 1/2″ MDF, with several trim pieces to keep a glass panel in place.
I just realized that I’ve been seriously negligent on my arcade cabinet updates. I actually finished it a few months ago!
Next up: The speaker panel.
Here, I detail how I used a paper template to create the two identical side panels for my arcade cabinet.
Some would argue that an arcade cabinet doesn’t need a frame, or that it makes it too heavy. I disagree. The frame will give additional weight on the bottom, to prevent the machine from being too top-heavy. Also, it’ll provide a skeleton that should make it less likely that I’ll build a crooked cabinet.