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The coolest shop projects exude coolness and add extra functionality to your home. Flickr pool member James Brauer decided the best way to design a game cabinet was not to concentrate on reviving an old classic but rather to make a game cabinet that can play anything.

Not only does this thing look great, when it’s done all his friends can enjoy it and be jealous of his crafty thinking. Yeah, we’re not seeing the down side here.

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3 Responses to From the Flickr Pool: Stand-Up Game Cabinet

  1. Kyle says:

    I made one of these in college a few years back, while my future wife was studying abroad. Good idea going with the plywood. I used MDF and it makes it so effing heavy the thing is a huge PITA the move. Also, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you come up with a good way to open the control panel. I’m looking forward to building another one now that I have access to more tools than a circular saw 😉

  2. James B says:

    What a nice surprise to see my project on a site that gets linked by BoingBoing and supports Make. I’ll be sure to update the photo pool when this cabinet painted.

  3. My first thought upon seeing the picture was “that thing must weigh a ton!”, what is that, 3/4″ stock? If you don’t have to worry about the local delinquents abusing it, it might be worth building wheels right into the cabinet, and/or using lighter material with stiffening ribs on the inside.

    The home arcade scene is sure full of interesting people. I’ve been occasionally following the construction of this masterpiece: http://www.peterhirschberg.com/arcade/gameroom.htm

    I’m not sure if I’d call myself exactly jealous, given that my interest lately has been *decreasing* my electric power consumption, but I’m definitely awestruck by the completeness of the project, right down to the payphone.

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