I am taking a 1980 Bally Centaur pinball machine and converting it into a working and playable coffee table! I know that others have put playfields into coffee tables, and some have gone so far as to light them up, but this project goes beyond that! Once complete, I will have created an interactive coffee table that tilts up and plays just like the original! However, it will rest no higher than 18 inches from the ground when not being played.
I have already stripped down the machine, and have all the internal components mounted on a pinball rotisserie of my own design, all the 3D parts files and photo are here for enjoyment.
The rotisserie spins on two small pieces of standard 3/4″ EMT conduit tubing which are epoxied into a rotating 3D printed fixture. The playfield mounts to 1″ x 1″ aluminum angle extrusions. In order to lock the playfield into 1 of 8 positions, you just spin 2 (or 4 for ultra stability) 5/16″ carriage bolts to lock the axis.
This workstation will be a huge help in allowing me to play the game during the development of numerous custom components and features, including:
- Backbox replacement with a custom display decoder circuitry and 2.42″ OLED display.
- Linear actuator playfield tilting feature with digitally adjustable game difficulty.
- Slam and Tilt sensor replacement with 6-axis accelerometer.
- Converting from a manual to a solenoid ball launch.
I am currently releasing bi-monthly updates on Instagram check out this video of the PinTisserie in action! Be sure to follow on Instagram for project updates.
In order to complete this build, I will be shifting gears from electronics to woodworking, to machining, to graphic design over the next four months. After the build is complete, I will be releasing a full-length polished production of the build on YouTube .