Homemade Desktop Arcade Cabinet

I built this desktop arcade cabinet as a christmas gift for my brother. I built it in my garage from my own plans I designed in Google SketchUp. It uses an old Dell 1907FP LCD monitor as the screen and competition grade controls I bought from Ultimarc. The top marquee has a fluorescent light behind it that lights up the acrylic and paper image in front of it. The rest is built mostly from MDF and finished with textured spray-paint and t-molding. It works as a peripheral right now, connecting through USB to an external computer, but we have a ATOM based small computer on order that I will mount inside so it will be self-contained and only require a power connection.

I will post a full instruction guide eventually, but until then enjoy these build photos.

Super Mario World! (The best Mario)

I designed the original plans in Google SketchUp.

Cutting the side panels

A cut side panel

Gluing the supports to the base

Close up of the counter-sunk screws reinforcing the glued supports

Preparing the monitor mount

Paste on wood putty, sand, repeat about 4X

Spray painting, one of many coats.

Controls template file I made in photoshop

Placing the templates on the controller board.

Marked the holes to drill out from the templates.

Drilling for the controls, I used a 1 1/8″ spade bit.

The controls

My hopefully not too messy wiring

Wider view of the wiring

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