Hey guys. I Just joined the forum. I wanted to start on a big project on a four player arcade cabinet. I’m really not sure how to do it but I want to learn. I’ve watch a few YouTube videos and some websites. I want to start with the plans for the cabinet. Thanks again for letting me join you guys and I am looking forward to the cenversatuons we will have. Thanks again.
There aren't many cabinet builders here at A-P, but I would recommend checking out the BYOAC forum: forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php
BYOAC is more centered towards building cabinets from scratch.
There are a lot of good woodworkers there, and knowledgeable arcade guys that can give you great pointers (like don't angle your P3 and P4 sticks).
I encourage you and anyone else to join that forum if you're looking to build your own.
That's not to say leave this place. There is also great projects and members here, it's just not really centered around scratch-built cabinets.
Tons of plans here..
Sega Showcase cab (TTX2 Multi)
Capcom Big Blue (Gen 2) (Capcom HyperSpin)
Namco cab (Namco System 246)
Atomiswave (Ranger Mission)
Atomiswave (Naomi 2 Multi)
Area 51 (Dedicated)
Sega Blast City
Area 51 (SharpShooter)
Korean Crowin 302 (empty)(rebuilding
NASCAR twin sitdowns (Xbox 360)
I looked into this a couple months ago and found out about Prince Arcades repros of woodies. If you are looking to do everything completely from scratch that can be a really fun and learning experience. However, if you don't mind spending a little money you can get a good starting point with some of PA offerings. They have some videos of how they do it on YouTube, but they basically have the original cabinets and cut fresh a 1:1 replica. Then all you have to do is source the artwork if you don't want it just painted, the buttons and joysticks, and ofcourse a monitor and wiring which is all stuff you would have to source anyways.
I am totally going to go after one of their 4P Konami cabinets at some point. I haven't decided if I want a turtles, xmen, or simpsons. Maybe sunset riders? I think someone out there makes the artwork you can slap on.
I believe they will cut any type of wood you choose if you have a preference (plywood over MDF, etc) and even can paint it for a small additional fee. I think the price is fair for the cabinet but have yet to look into the shipping costs.
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