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How to make a DIY Raspberry Pi Arcade Cabinet!

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I am lucky enough to have a great job as a High School ‘shop’ teacher and teach students about applied skills that help benefit them in the future. Yes I have tools that many do not have access to but I could also do this build without the use of a bandsaw or table saw if I needed to. Find a way to build something awesome!

This build log follows the arcade cabinet build including wiring and assembly using an MDF cabinet and a Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.

This is a basic cabinet that doesn’t use vinyl graphics, or T-molding. Those will be used in future builds.

There is still much to be improved with these builds. These are a starter project that still leave much to be customized. If you have cool ideas please let me know in the comments below!

Programming the GPIO buttons to work with RECALBOX:

BARTOP ARCADE CABINET Layout Design and Build Tips PART 1

All the plans can be downloaded from:
After taping together the side panels sheets measure them before cutting any wood/mdf to make sure your printer settings were correct. I personally use 11×17″ paper and haven’t tried the 8.5 x 11″ paper.
More explanations and downloadable packages!


Raspberry Pi operating system – donate to them!

One of my favorite eBay stores:
joystick and button sets for $60-$100

My Local suppliers

Original Cabinet design by

I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque

another one by grapes (c) copyright 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

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