MakeCode Arcade Wooden Cabinet

This guide is not complete and is meant as a live note for the cabinets built in Microsoft Building 99.

Necessary equipment

To complete this project, you will need access to power tools. Make sure to follow all safety procedures or ask a professional for help.

Materials

The cabinet is built out of 3 - 8’ x 4’ plywood sheets of 1/2” thickness.

Tools needed

  • jigsaw, router, table saw, impact driver, pin nail gun, wood glue, etc… The kind of tools you find in a wood shop.
  • 1/8” wood drill bit
  • 1/2” wood drill bit

Cut list

All units are in inches and degree angles. Add 1/4” to the length when a miter is present, 1/2” when 2 miters are present.

Thickness Width Length Location Miter Angle
1/2 23 59 3/4 K 22 1/2
1/2 23 24 7/8 B 0
1/2 23 22 1/2 A 0
1/2 23 18 1/2 F 0
1/2 23 16 1/4 E 0
1/2 23 15 7/8 J 22 1/2
1/2 23 12 15/16 I 22 1/2
1/2 23 12 G 31
1/2 23 11 1/2 C 25
1/2 23 6 1/4 H 31
1/2 23 5 D 25

You will also need to cut out the 2 sides of the arcade cabinet.

Cut Instructions

  • start by cutting and mitering all the cuts set aside
  • cut out the 2 profiles of the arcade. Once you have a side, you can use it as a template to cut out the other one (using a router)

Assembly instructions

  • create 2 jigs that let you position boards 1/4” from the side
  • cut out various 1” x 1/2” strips needed to secure the boards.

For each board,

  • cut out 2 strips and glue/pin them to the side
  • use the jig to position the boards 1/4” from the sides.

Once all the boards are secured, attach the upper side of the arcade and you’re done!

Control panel

Follow the wiring instructions of the cardboard control panel to wire the buttons and joysticks to the raspberry pi.

Screen

  • place the screen on the wood panel and mark the position where the screen touches the wood.
  • pin nail the attachments to clamp the screen down
  • drill holes to allow power and HDMI cables to pass through the back of the screen

To make it easier, we recommend building a jig to position and build this part.