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DIY Coffee Table Arcade Hides Retro Gaming Inside

Last week we showed you a nifty man-cave arcade-in-coffee-table build that was a bit, shall we say, exposed. If you’re looking for a sleek build that conceals its arcade-heart until it’s game time, this clean and concealed build is for you.

Courtesy of IKEAHacker reader Sam Wang, the beauty of this build is that other than the rectangle of black glass in the center of the table–which could just as well be a design accent–there is no indication that the coffee table is a gaming machine when not in use. Slide out the drawers and boot it up, however, and you’re in business–full MAME arcade emulation at your finger tips.

Hit up the link below to check out his full photo build guide.

My DIY Arcade Machine Coffee Table [via IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/28/12

Comments (2)

  1. GuiltySpark

    I remember similar things back in the 80’s, people used to keep there pints of beer on them and occasionally play them.

  2. r

    …and they used to cause many backache problems

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