MakeCode Arcade Wooden Cabinet

This guide will let you build the same Arcade cabinets that are found in the MakeCode team room at the Microsoft offices.

Arcade cabinet

WARNING: Power Tools required

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

Template

Cut out this template precisely and keep as you master template for all future cuts.

Side template

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

  • Using your profile template, mark 2 profiles on the plywood and cut with a jigsaw.

Cutting the template

  • The cuts do not have to be perfect as the router will clean it up.

Rough edges

  • Use a router to clean the edges.

Route edges

  • Cut and miter all the cuts set aside.

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!

Assembled cabinet

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.

Decoration

This is your cabinet, have fun decorating it and personalize it the way you like! We used the https://arcade-stencils.glitch.me/ to generate stencils and drawing on our cabinets.