Ant farm FTW!
Build it into a MAME cabinet.
We put some legs on ours, put some simple shelves where the tv used to be and made a dry bar out of one we found on the sidewalk bound for the trash. Not huge, but still looked nice and was fuctional (bonus: a little less garbage bound for a ground).
(starts singing Aquarius - the version with singing and dancing in 40-year-old virgin)
rear-projection hd screen...uhhh
scrap hardwood for x other project.