RetroPie Arcade

I built a RetroPie arcade machine. I didn't record video, but I did take a few pictures along the way.

For most of the wood to wood attaching I used Titebond glue and an 18 gauge brad nailer.

RetroPie Arcade Joystick Box Inner Framing

Deciding where to put the joystick and button holes was not easy and I did not end up with something I was totally happy with. Maybe I was over-thinking it.

RetroPie Arcade Joysticks & Buttons Holes

Some of the angles were fun to figure out. Having a compound miter saw helped a lot.

RetroPie Arcade Joystick Box Sideview

Inside the back you can see the 19" Dell monitor I stripped down and mounted with wood blocking. This particular monitor had a 5:4 ratio, which works great for older console games. I used a hot glue gun to attach the monitor controls to the back of the monitor.

There's also the not yet mounted sound board dangling.

RetroPie Arcade Electronics Rough-In

Everything is wired up and mostly working. No paint yet. I wasn't sure if I would get this far.

RetroPie Arcade Working Pre-Paint

Here is an inside view of the joystick box. Each button and joystick attach to a control module that connects to the Raspberry Pi via USB. The second joystick has to be mounted upside down. I don't recall why.

RetroPie Arcade Joystick Box Wiring

I moved the joysticks and some of the buttons. I refilled the old holes with scrap wood and epoxy.

RetroPie Arcade Moved Button Fills

I hate painting. I hate taping things up before painting even more. It's just boring.

RetroPie Arcade Joystick Box Black Paint

The black paint is done and it's time to tape things up in preparation for the red paint.

RetroPie Arcade Black Paint Work

More red paint prep work.

RetroPie Arcade Prep For Red Paint

Red paint in progress.

RetroPie Arcade Red Paint Work

Red paint is done on the main cabinet piece.

RetroPie Arcade Painted

The joystick box is ready for a clear coat, to lock in the button labels.

RetroPie Arcade Joystick Box

The 4" speakers are pretty loud for their size. I usually have the volume knob on "3" when I'm playing.

RetroPie Arcade Speakers Installed

Marquee is installed and it's pretty much complete.

RetroPie Arcade Playing Wizards & Warriors

Side view.

RetroPie Arcade Right Side View

Up top, where the exhaust fan lives.

RetroPie Arcade Top Fan

I wish that gap was smaller.

RetroPie Arcade Closed Back View

"Guitar" volume knob. It goes to "11".

RetroPie Arcade Side View

Inside the back, everything is cleaned up and properly mounted.

RetroPie Arcade Back Inside View

Power bus and switch wiring. 20 gauge wire. Lots of hot glue gun.

RetroPie Arcade Power Panel

The Raspberry Pi is mounted with Velcro®.

RetroPie Arcade Inside Bottom View

The volume knob outside connects to a 12" extension inside that connects to the potentiometer on the sound board.

RetroPie Arcade Inside Top View

The power strip is also mounted with Velcro®.

RetroPie Arcade Power Supply

USB ports for keyboard and mouse. Makes setup much easier being able to open a browser and Google problems. Switches for the fan and marquee lighting.

RetroPie Arcade USB Plug Outlets & Power Switches

Main power. Inside I soldered all the switch terminals for safety.

RetroPie Arcade Power Outlet

Do you know what game this is? 😃

RetroPie Arcade What Game Is This?

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