Tuesday, August 05, 2014


It seems that in the years since making my cabinet, many of you have wanted to duplicate the project. Since Google does a poor job of notifying me of comments here, and many of the resources I used are no longer on the web, I've collected some of the files I used into a zip file for your future use. In there are psd and ai files with images that can be used to create artwork (most notably the control panel overlay), as well as the original plans from jakobud.com (which seem to be intermittently available still here). Anyway, if you find any of these files useful, I'd love to see how your project came together, so feel free to link pictures or blogs below!

Monday, January 26, 2009

POW Bar Stool Now Complimenting Arcade

Mom of the Year Award goes to my mom for making my dream a reality. A POW Block bar stool now welcomes guests to sit and play the Mario Bros. reproduction arcade cabinet. I found a couple old bar stools at a garage sale for $1. They were a bit rickety and had round seats, but my handy dad made a square seat and strengthened the stool with deep screws and some glue. My crafty mom took the pixel art POW Block I provided and got the black, white, blue, and light blue fabric needed and cut out the areas to pixel-perfection. After applying the pattern to the black fabric, she made a cushioned seat and wrapped it in plastic material so the POW would never come undone or get dirty. The best part is, sitting on the POW Block doesn't even use it up!

A closeup of the POW

One more shot of the new stool

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New Coin Mechs

The only eyesore on my Mario Bros. reproduction cabinet was the coin mechs on my original coin door. While we repainted to door itself, there wasn't anything I could do about the scratched, broken coin mechs on the door...until now. We found some brand new ones that fit perfectly from Pinball Resource (they are Asahi Seiko #730-A .882) for only $10 apiece! Take a look below for some before and after pictures.

Can you guess which one is new?

Here are both new ones installed.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Price/Parts List

Some of you have asked for a price list, so here it is. I excluded a few expenses for things I didn't end up using as well as computer expenses (PC and monitor) since I already had that. This should at least give you an idea of what the cabinet itself might cost. Keep in mind that corners can be cut if you don't want authentic 1983 Mario Bros. parts (like the bezel, marquee, and coin door). Good luck!

Description Cost Quantity Total With Tax
5/8" MDF $20.96 2 $41.92 $44.96
10-foot 2x8 $7.10 2 $14.20 $15.23
Jig Saw Blades $2.56 1 $2.56 $2.75
2" Stationary Casters $1.96 2 $3.92 $4.20
2" Swivel Casters $3.47 2 $6.94 $7.44
Box of 200 2" drywall screws $6.47 1 $6.47 $6.94
Pack of Hinges $2.49 1 $2.49 $2.67
12" Sliders for Drawer $4.99 1 $4.99 $5.35
Latch for Control Panel $0.68 4 $2.72 $2.92
Buttons and Joysticks $49.48 1 $49.48 $49.48
20' of 5/8" White T-Molding $13.80 1 $13.80 $13.80
Slot Cutter Router Bit $16.00 1 $16.00 $16.00
Sponge Brush $0.68 1 $0.68 $0.73
Behr Primer - 1 Gallon $16.97 1 $16.97 $18.20
Paint Roller Cover $3.27 1 $3.27 $3.51
Wood Filler $1.97 1 $1.97 $2.11
KeyWiz Keyboard Encoder $41.45 1 $41.45 $41.45
Coin Door $44.98 1 $44.98 $44.98
PC to TV Card $6.04 1 $6.04 $6.04
Side Art $58.95 1 $58.95 $63.08
Paint Brush $11.97 1 $11.97 $12.84
Bezel $47.05 1 $47.05 $47.05
Marquee $12.50 1 $12.50 $12.50
5/8" Particle Board $6.00 1 $6.00 $6.00
VGA Cable for Monitor $6.48 1 $6.48 $6.48
Ctrl. Panel Overlay Printing $33.25 1 $33.25 $33.25
Wire and Connectors $12.75 1 $12.76 $13.69

Total: $483.64