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.
My hopefully not too messy wiring
Wider view of the wiring