Mini Arcade for RASPBERRY

PDF COMPLETE MANUAL: mini-arcade-for-raspberry-manual-v0-0
Vinyls: HERE
3d IGS & Step. HERE
Only Assembly & Fabrication Drawings:drawings

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Why this cabinet?

As a builder of Arcade Machines, I found some problems in typical machines, machines like the “originals”.

Original Arcade” are:

Big. Only a few people could have one of these machines in their houses without space problems.

Expensive. You need lots of material, and this turns the machine really expensive.2xxx0161115_185020

Difficult to build. To make the “typical salon arcade” you need many tools, which rarely anybody has.

For all these reasons I build this arcade. My “Mini-Arcade” solves these problems and add more interesting aspects.

This is the main characteristics of Mini-Arcade” are:

-Small. The machine has the minimum sizes to be comfortable and allow to install a 10″ screen in 16:10 or 16:9 format.

-Easy to do. You don’t need to cut “hard” wood or do difficult cuts. All the fabrication process is easy to do, and you are able to do it with a few tools.

-Great quality. When the machine is assembled, it shows really great, the rigidity of the structure is very good, very solid.

-Adaptable. You can use this cabinet in every country or with any raspberry and with any screen size. Don’t matter the electric voltage of your county,  the type of raspberry or the screen you will use. You can adapt it easily.

-Convenient. You can accede to the Raspberry easily. It makes easy to load games o change the Sd card connected or add new wifi or Bluetooth USB.

-Clean. All the electric installation is situated in the same place. This makes an electrical installation really clean , without all kind of wires circuits around. Removing only 6 screws you can extract the support with all the electric supply.

-Cheap. All the materials are quite cheap. You can build this machine for 150e apx. The material of the cabinet is cheap and easy to find. As “cpu” you will use a Raspberry, the cheapest Raspberry costs only 5€ and the most expensive 40€.



Raw materials to acquire

– Approximately 1,2m² of 5mm thickness wood.

-1,5m length of 13x13mm wood profile

-Plate of methacrylate 162 x 280.

Manufactured materials to acquire

– Screws  3×12 / 3×19.

-Bolts 2,5×10.

-Magnetic closure.


-Wood glue.


-Keyhole saw.

-Drills & drill bits of different sizes.

Manufacture notes

-Some drawings have sizes with rounded by a circle, that’s why these sizes are going to change depending on your Magnetic enclosure, your hinges or joypad.


Body parts QTY. QTY.
Side Right 1 Screen Saver 1
Side Left 1 SuporScreen-1 2
Bottom 1 1 SuporScreen-1AD 1
Bottom 2 1 SuportScreen-2 4
Column Joypad 1 Top-Fan 1
Front Joypad 1 Screw.3×13 38
Guide-1 1 Screw .3×19 7
Guide-5 1 Bolt .M2.5×10 14
Joypad Panel 1 Nut M2.4 14
Marquee 1 Washer”.5 6
PCB’s Support 1 Hinges 2
Rear-L 1 Closure 1
Rear-R 1

 Manufacturing Drawings List

P01 Left and right Sides
P02 Bottom 1 / Bottom 2 / Marque / Screen Support / Top Fan
P03 Screen support / Front joypad
P04 Bottom 1 / Bottom 2 / Marque / Screen Support / Top Fan
P05 Rear L / Rear R / Pcb’s Support
P06 Screen Saver
P07 Guide 6/ Guide 4 / Column Joypad

You can see the drawings in the manual appendix.




Assembly  notes

-You don’t need to use wood glue to make the cabinet assembly. You only need it to make some parts, but if you are joining the cabinet and you will use glue, you can do it, excepting the next parts:

Bottom 1 and Bottom 2.  This parts have to be free of glue because they should provide access to a joypad (bottom1) and for extract PCB support (bottom2)

Let me repeat you, you don’t have to use it, use it only if you want, except in the indicated parts.

– Remember that when you do the Joypad Assembly you have to do the holes for pad fixation.

Assembly Drawings List

Auxiliary drawings
Ms01 General Layout
Ms02 Joypad & Screen Assembly
Mounting Drawings
M01 Body Assembly
M02 Joypad Assembly
M03 Screen Assembly
M04 Pcb’s Support & bottom
M05 Rear Covers


You can see the drawings in the manual appendix.

Cabinet Finish


-The painting process could (if you want to paint it) could be after, o before the assembly. It’s up to you. I personally prefer do it after the assembly, because the paint will cover some joins.

-If you want to vinyl the cabinet is REALLY IMPORTANT TO PAINT IT WITH LACQUER OR VARNISH THE WOOD. If you try to apply the vinyl without paint or painting it with spray paint, the vinyl won’t be fixed enough and they will be take off.


– Vinyl: The best moment for the vinyl installation is when the assembly is done, and the cabinet is painted. Normally is better install the vinyl AFTER buttons because the buttons cover the vinyl.

Vinyl Example

Note: You can find different vinyl designs in if you aren’t interested in design one.

Screen protector.

– Measure your screen size and position and paint the methacrylate screen saver.

You can get more information in the drawing P06



-Soldering iron




Manufacture notes

-This electronic diagram and this inventory are only a reference.

In my opinion, it’s a good example to follow, but you can do anything you want in PCB support in the cabinet. The cabinet design admits all type of electronics distributions.

-To fix, the PCB’s I use a hexagonal spacer of nylon with his nuts and screws. I recommend it.

-Now is the moment of measure the diameter of the “power connector” and on/off switch and drill the position when you will place it.

– When you select your Raspberry PI position, take in count the necessary separation for his  connectors




Electric diagram



Thanks to: Everybody who have read this manual, and especially if you want to contribute and send me your comment, I’ll say thank you in advance, every comment it’s welcome. email:

3D ASSEMBLY: If you are interested in 3d parts, you can find it in my webpage

Thanks to every reader

Néstor García

Photography Appendix


Remember that you can see a video in making stuff section¡ Thanks to every body¡

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