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i turned a vintage charlie's angels pinball machine into the coolest desk ever. check out the video to see how! -tim
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Nice job! Very clever!
Holy Yes!...Question... How do you account for the angle of the glass? Could you extend the front legs?
The legs on the right side are cut shorter than the legs on the left to counter the slant of the machine. It was a little tricky getting the right length. I stacked blocks under the short side until the top was level and measured the difference. Thanks for watching!
They are extended.
it would be awesome if it still worked, but since it had to be flat to be a desk... maybe next time i'll put a working digital vid game in there
or quarters fall out ;-) i found about $5 worth coins (not all quarters) in there as i dismantled it. most dated late 1970s and early 80s. thanks for watching! -tim
Being someone that does Pinball restoration.. I watched the video and yes. this machine was beyond monetary restoration value. playfield looked pretty flaked and also the back glass. I commend you on your reuse of the machine. and I think you could actually add more to it.. such as adding a computer into the coin door or somewhere else.
would be great to see other machines turned into desks instead of being destroyed. I have seen way to many go into the trash bin because it was to costly to restore or get running. Great job.
Would love to send you more.. but as of now I am out of the restoration of pinball machines for now.. Moved out of the US to Denmark and had to move all my machines to other homes. Will keep you in mind if I find any more in the US when I visit.
ha! thanks sal. denmark sounds fun!
What a great bit of recycling. Now I want an unfixable machine to do this with. My wife is gonna hate you! Thanks for sharing!
that could be my new motto: "www.timsway.net. your wife is gonna hate you."
Very cool idea but shame on you. There are far to few of these wonderful machines around to be hacking them apart. The play field looked to be in pretty bad shape but there are surely parts that a few people need living in your desk now. Back glass is easily one of the hardest things to get now days, and its directly because so many people have it hanging on their walls as art... The art is the game. Back glass is part of the art. You wouldn't cut the head off of a statue and call it a bust.
Still... Pretty cool.
Amazing job, as always!
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