Wiring up the button light power cables. Lookin’ good!
Here is a photo of the homemade wiring for button lighting. Modularity is king.
Step 1: Pick up JK
Step 2: Planning phase
Step 3 – Install the screen
Step 4 – Buttons. We need a way to make the buttons interchangeable. So instead of drilling holes to fit them directly into the table, we need a wooden board we can play with. Where do you find a wooden board when every shop is closed? You improvise. Yup, this wooden board is the inside of a chair. Here we are removing the cover and foam used to make it comfortable to sit on. Now I got one useless chair in my living room.
Step 5 – Drilling and fitting time! Thanks to Espen for lending me some tools to make the holes perfect. The lighting is not powered yet, need to find a way to supply 12V from a laptop.
Step 6 – GAME ON! (Only single player for now. More work in a couple of days)
First off, we’ll need material we can use to build an arcade machine. This is what I’ve got so far:
- Ikea Björkudden bar table. It’s square shape and 70cm height is perfect!
- Arcade buttons and joysticks for two players. Got a set on eBay, including lighting for the buttons, encoder and cables. All-in-One!
- Benq 24″ monitor. Not old school display, but still good.
- A friend. You always need a partner in crime for this kind of work.