I Built A Playable Pinball Coffee Table From A 1981 Bally Centaur!
I’ve always loved Pinball but I’ve never had the space in my home for a full-sized machine.. A few years ago, I started noodling on the idea of a pinball machine built into a coffee table. At first, I considered the low-cost and low-effort approach of taking a damaged pinball machine, gutting the playfield, and making a cool looking coffee table (that wouldn’t actually work).
Then I thought about how much more awesome it would be if it worked and all the interesting engineering challenges that I would need to win to make it happen. Plus, it seemed it had never even been done before. The idea started to grow on me and I started considering the details. The table would have to be 18 inches or lower to be considered a functional coffee table. Also, I knew that if I was going to be spending this amount of time on a custom pinball machine project, I had to start with an awesome game.
Over the next year during the peak of COVID lock downs. I laboured away in my garage to complete the one of a kind project and it turned out really nice.
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