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Day 2 – Let the real work begin

Step 1: Pick up JK

Step 2: Planning phase

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Step 3 – Install the screen

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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.

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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.

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Step 6 – GAME ON! (Only single player for now. More work in a couple of days)

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Materials

First off, we’ll need material we can use to build an arcade machine. This is what I’ve got so far:

- Ikea Bj√∂rkudden 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.
- Tools
- A friend. You always need a partner in crime for this kind of work.