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My First Bartop Build



  • Hi I thought I would share my first bartop I have made it was for my son for Christmas. it was made completely by hand as I have no access to CNC and did not want to use a kit as its a non standard size. The control panel was made using printed comics cut out and stuck on then lacquered, it has a 5:4 hanspree 17" DVI monitor found in the loft that was stripped down and mounted. Built in amp with Elatax speakers. I made custom overlays for personal use for the handheld consoles to fit in with the theme, and a lot of spray paint. I am very pleased with my first build but I could not have done it with out this forum although I have not posted but reading all the advice given and knowledge really helped me complete this so thank you.

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  • These are all the pics from the build

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  • That looks awesome. Good job!



  • Pretty sweet. Good job!



  • @borgish Great build! Especially since you made it completely from scratch.

    I also use the Comic Book them on my DIY upright cabinet (based on a kit to spare me the wood work). How did you stretch it to 5:4? Since I only know about a 4:3 version of it.



  • @Clyde to be honest I just used the 4:3 version on RetroPie not sure how it stretched looks ok though with no issues



  • @borgish Thanks. Before you edited your post, I wanted to mention that I don't know a 1280x1024 version of the theme. But now it is clear that you are using the 4:3 version. :)

    The maker of the theme, @TMNTturtlguy, mentioned some misalignment on 5:4 monitors here and here, but he may have a sharper eye for its details than us mere users.

    Howsoever, this theme is definitely my favourite of all of them. 😍



  • @Clyde yes I love it and fits the theme of my cabinet exactly I’ve used his splash screen too thankyou for the kind comments



  • Excellent build there buddy.



  • I’m nearly finished with a very similar build. Looks good but seems you wont be able to get the display out anymore (if it dies)? What I actually wanted to ask was, how did you connect the power switch? I have a similar one and want to connect it to an extension cord with several outlets on the inside. I just dont know how to connect the several pins and it would also leave the copper exposed which just feels dangerous.



  • @m2306 the display can be un-screwed as well as the control panel and it then can be slid through if it does die, everything is removable inside for either replacement or upgrade. Sorry don’t have any pictures of the power supply but google was my friend and all my pins were soldered and insulated to stay safe and it all depends on the switch type on how it’s wired so my best advice is google your part no. and you should find the wiring diagram.



  • @borgish Ok, I just thought your back door looked small. I did the back door so it's the same width as the cabinet but my display is also bigger in comparison to the cabinet, I think.

    The part I have almost looks as if it should have another part on the inside to cover it up. That's partly why I got to think it might be dangerous to connect it straight up, but thats's right, I have to get some insulation for the wires so I can cover everything up after connecting. Can I solder the copper from the extension cord to the pins on the switch? I havent done anything with actual full power electrical wires before, just small wires to pins on PCBs..



  • @m2306 yes you can but I would recommend with a little bit of sand paper to rough up the pins to make sure the solder gets a good connection to stop it from coming off or you can crimp and use spade connections if you want a safer and less permanent connection



  • Congrats on your build! Looks awesome!

    @m2306 said in My First Bartop Build:

    I’m nearly finished with a very similar build. Looks good but seems you wont be able to get the display out anymore (if it dies)? What I actually wanted to ask was, how did you connect the power switch? I have a similar one and want to connect it to an extension cord with several outlets on the inside. I just dont know how to connect the several pins and it would also leave the copper exposed which just feels dangerous.

    This is how i did mine. This way, the buttons power light is only lit when the switch is on. It can also be wired to be always lit.

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  • I have yet to do mine, this is an inspiration thanks!.



  • I put my Pi in a regular case and thought I was super fancy!...........seeing this has taken me down a few pegs. Great stuff!



  • @borgish nice!!!



  • I am impressed by your build. It makes me remember my childhood experience of the Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter arcade cab from my family vacation in Spain. :-)

    I also dream of building my own bartop cab some time.

    Thanks for sharing your build.



  • What a superb work man! I always dreamt of doing something like that



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