This GoFundMe is to help with the Cost of a CNC and to help mass produce and sell these to the public
Tell me about starting The Arcade.
I started making arcades in the summer of 2010. I had been considering building one [for years]. I really like to tinker and make things, I just never bothered to document or take pictures of anything because when I mentioned it to friends they were uninterested.
I have been playing games since the early 90"s and video games are what got me into electronics. Somebody gave me a broken Atari in 2000 that I fixed; fast forward a few years and I had a Bachelors in electronics by the time I was 18.
Is that when you started building video game consoles?
I found a company that would sell me a kit"”an empty arcade shell that you put together and install your own computer and controls into it. The price was right, so I took the plunge. However, upon arrival, the builder forgot to router the grooves to install the T-molding (the color plastic strip that goes around the edges of the cabinet). After contacting the builder, he insisted on me shipping this big box back so he can fix that. I declined and instead asked him what tool and bit was needed to do the job, so I went ahead and bought it and did it myself. The experience was very gratifying and I had a lot of fun doing it. I never intended to make more, but people just went crazy when they came over to play mine and they just wanted to buy mine on the spot, so I have to make others.
What's in the future for The Arcade?
At the moment, I have been building arcades. Most are custom things I came up with or converting things into arcade, but there are a number of other things I like to build, some of my own, some by requests. I see myself in the future with a shop in my garage where I could make all sorts of things. Currently, I am looking into buying a CNC (computer numerical control) machine that will help me a lot with precision and speed.
Heres What I Could Make with your help.