Upcoming shows/vending:

Pittsburgh *Maker Faire 2017






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Build-Your-Own-Arcade Kits + More

Want to to build your own mini MAME or Arcade Machine? You're in the right place.

2018 Schedule:

If it's sold out, expect restock in ~Feb 2018.

2017 Inventory Update:

Let's talk about wood. The arcade shell wood (maple plywood) I have been using for the last four years has been unexpectedly discontinued by the MFG. The alternates I used for backups (this maple ply would go out of stock periodically ) have also been discontinued; I do not know what the deal is. I have found some underlaminate plywood with birch veneer on one side, and pine on the other. It is dimensionally the same- no changes in fit. This is a lower grade plywood and since one side is the 'good' side there are some caveats. No longer will there be two good sides to every part. From here on out, my recommendation will be to Prime and Paint your arcade cabinets, Stain will not be an option.  I have not been able to update all arcade kit photos and descriptions to reflect this, but know this change superceeds any and all wood kits on this website. 



Here's a build overview of the Porta Pi Arcade. This build is what you'll see when building the Porta Pi Arcade or my other Arcade Kits. Video done by This Does Not Compute, as Colin makes a great video.

Below is a completely unsolicited and unsponsored video made by Tony. Kit used was a JAMMArCADE 2P.

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Porta Pi Arcade 10" HD

Build your own desktop size arcade cabinet with a Raspberry Pi or similar single board computer.

DIY Arcade Starter Kit

Have your own arcade cabinet but need a jumpstart on the guts? These are the basics.

Fight Stick v3

The feel of the arcade with the comfort of sitting on your couch. 

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A larger, roomier arcade kit for the more advanced DIY-er. Kit features more options for customization to build the proper shrine to a lost era.


Build a mini vending machine to match your desktop arcade.

Coin Pusher

The most entertainment you'll get from watching the effects of gravity.

Claw Machine

The corner stone of any electronic entertainment room. Polish your motor skills and everything else by building and playing on your own claw machine.

"WHOA! I dont know what a "Raspberry Pi" is or how it works. I just saw these tiny arcades and wound up here. I need to take things slow"

 Here's an intro!

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Arcade Parts

BYO Starter Kit
Sanwa Joystick
Happ Arcade Buttons

Arcade Kit Extras

Standard Clear Control Panel Cover
12V 2A DC Power Supply
Porta Pi Arcade Monitors

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ATMEGA Beefy Kit

Claw Machine Kit

Version 4 is currently in the design phase. See details in the Build Page.


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