PiCade Table

WP_20131116_10_36_46_ProMy raspberry PI Arcade table has been completed!
Check out the final stages of the build after the jump

The joysticks and buttons are now all wired up, using about 10m of cable and a load of 4.8mm spade connectors.


All the cables lead into the GPIO board, there are a total of 5 Ground lines (P1 Joystick, P2 Joystick, P1 Buttons, P2 Buttons, Start/Select/Coin In Buttons) and the switch simply connects each output to the ground.WP_001920

A script provided by Adafruit (RetroGame), scans the raspberrys GPIO pins and converts them into virtual keyboard presses


The screen was made Dust Tight using electrical tape over both the table edges and the screen bezel, the electrical tape layers then creates a nice seal between each otherWP_001928

The perspex was then fitted ontop, using 4 screws and a dipped washer. Some posters found in a local supermarket were cut up and used to theme the table. WP_001929

The final result, cringe worthy memes included:WP_001932



Total Time
: 50hrs over 1 Month
Total Cost: £150 (Excl Tools)

  • Jigsaw, Fine metal blade and wood blade
  • Meter Ruler
  • Sander
  • Glue Gun
  • Cordless drill
  • Stepped Drill Bit
  • Stanly knife
  • Crimper
  • Pliers
  • G Clamp


  • 10m Wire
  • Raspberry PI GIPO Adapter
  • Raspberry PI
  • 2x Joysticks
  • 9x Buttons with LED’s
  • 12v Phone Charger
  • USB Hub
  • USB laptop cooler
  • USB Speaker
  • HDMI -> VGA Adapter With audio out
  • 4 Way Extension Cord
  • USB WIFI Adapter
  • Ikea LACK Table
  • 2×1.5m Plexiglas
  • Cable Ties
  • 20” Monitor
  • 2.8mm Spade Connectors
  • 5.2mm Spade Connectors
  • Floral Foam block
  • Electrical tape



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