Here are instructions on how to build an upright arcade cabinet. I have built a couple of arcade cabinets and have enjoyed learning how to build them and customize them.
a preview video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-3FZYUdghI
I wrote these instructions to assist those who are not yet comfortable in taking on a project like this singlehandedly. I tried to make it as inexpensive as I could, while making it easy to design and construct one with the minimum required skills. I will not be talking about programming or where to download videogame files from, but I’ll offer references to sites that will.
I believe this is a great first project to pick up because not only do you get something awesome at the end but you get to learn about: electronics, soldering, construction, and designing. Once these skills are picked up, they can be applied to other projects.
I used a jigsaw, router, and drill to build this cabinet so the tool requirement is not out of reach for a beginner.
Before starting this project please read though the whole instructions, because there are many different things that can be done.