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MAKE subscriber Sam Seide (Oklahoma City, OK) makes these amazing cocktail arcade machines. Here’s his most impressive build to date, a two-player tiny cocktail arcade.

Here he gives a pretty extensive tour of the build.

Tiny Cocktail Arcade Auction

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30 thoughts on “Tiny cocktail arcade build

  1. Thanks for posting my build. I always love seeing my stuff up here at makezine. It’s nice to spend so much time on something and then finally get to share it with everyone!

  2. That is pretty freaking awesome! I was looking at building a tabletop or mini mame but having one player was gonna be cruddy. I now have a new inspiration! I have converted multiple arcade machines over the years and have no problems with the electronics, the wood working skillz is where I have problems! Wonder if I could get an empty shell? The netbook is a nice touch as well, everything would be easy to mount. Very well done.

    1. I’m busy with my halloween builds now so I don’t have time to do arcade building, but I would be happy to send the pdf of the plans on to you if you’d like them. I’d just need your email address. Thanks!

      1. Halloween builds? If you can do this with a cocktail table I bet your yard is awesome! Or do you go for the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade? I could see you making a pretty cool float as well! I would really appreciate the pdf, my kids would love something like this. Email is: clinton.johnson (@) gmail.com (yes, very cryptic). Thank you again!

      2. Hi, Sam…

        I love your your tiny MAME cocktail cabinet. I’ve
        been wanting to build a cabinet for my god-daughter
        for a while now and this is just the perfect design.

        Can you please send me the plans? It can be mailed
        to: my.wonderdrug (at) yopmail.com

        Thanks…

      3. I have twin boys that would love this! Can you send me the pdf Plans? …and all other detailed info no matter what the file format? Please? Also, do you have info on the-
        -Type of buttons and joystick.
        -netbook screen size.
        -any wiring specs.
        -what to salvage on the netbook.
        -Windows XP pro work?
        -pics, pics, pics!

        You’re the best! and will be looking for your next project.
        ~Rich

      4. I have twin boys that would love this! Can you send me the pdf Plans? …and all other detailed info no matter what the file format? Except .zips… Gmail don’t likey! Please? Also, do you have info on the-
        -Type of buttons and joystick.
        -netbook screen size.
        -any wiring specs.
        -what to salvage on the netbook.
        -Windows XP pro work?
        -Did you say “Atomic FE”? for front end.
        -Which MAME interface?
        -pics, pics, pics!

        You’re the best! and will be looking for your next project. Send me everything and I may be able to barter some printed vinyl for your next project. Thanks!
        ~Rich
        rich@szromba.net

  3. This is the perfect size. I was thinking of building a full size cocktail version but didn’t want to take up too much space. Can you please send me the PDF plans also? Much appreciated. Email: hackingthebox (@) gmail.com Thanks!

  4. Hello, this is an awesome project and exactly what I’ve been wanting to build for my gf for Christmas. Could you or anyone else who has the plans send me the PDF plans and any other specifics (kinda like what the other posters have asked for). Specifics on screen size and what netbook to use, etc. Thank you in advance!

    Email: coopatroopa99@yahoo.com

    1. Know this is probably a complete long shot, since this article is a few years old, but i’m kinda itchin to give this mini-cocktail cabinet a try, but i can’t seem to download the plans files, Anyone still have them?

      1. Also looking for the plans, would be greatly appreciated if someone could help us out.
        THanks Ahead!

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