Arcade

Learn skills specific to arcades!

Using my Templates

Many of my plans include spray on templates that will make making your project much simpler. You can simply print these templates out and then either glue or tape them to your build. This video will show you...

Why I Use Filler Primer

Filler Primer is one of those things that once you learn about it you'll wonder why you never used it before! Filler primer is a thicker primer that fills in scratches and uneven surfaces before painting. It's ...

Wiring the Coin Mech

Most coin mechanisms operate on the same principles as the buttons and the joysticks. Once the coin passes through the mechanism successfully, the coin triggers a micro-switch as it exits the coin mech and falls into the coin tray. For coin mechs that have two...

Connecting Arcade Controls to the Pi

To connect the arcade controls to the Pi (or your PC) you're going to need a USB encoder.  These encoders convert the presses of the buttons into keystrokes on an keyboard that MAME and other emulators can unde...

Reverse Sanwa LED Operation

Some prefer their arcade buttons to light on press, while other prefer them to be always on. Reversing the LED operation on the Sanwa Arcade buttons is relatively simple. Watch the LED Reversal Preview Vid...

Circular Saw Basics

Everyone should know their circular saw basics.  Circular saws are incredibly handy shop tools. In many workshops, the circular is used more than any other tool, and they are generally the go-to tool for cutting down sheet goods into manageable sizes, before m...

4 Glues Every Workshop Should Have

Glues are used in just about every workshop. Let's talk about 4 glues every workshop should have! A visit to the local home improvement center will send you on your way with madness being unable to decide which...

How to use Digital Calipers (The Right Way)

A set of digital calipers are just about mandatory for any workshop.  Even a small shop or just someone who is a tinkerer is going to want a set.  Digital calipers can be had in several variations, but the most...

Router Table Safety Tips

The Router is one of the most used tools in my shop.  There are so many uses for it.  It's an extremely versatile tool with a plethora of bits and accessories that can be added to extend its uses throughout the shop and to many different projects.  Routers com...

How to use a Tape Measure (The Right Way)

A tape measure is one of the most important tools a shop can have. It's also one that surprisingly enough gets the least attention when it comes to learning and skill building. OK, but which tape measure do I n...