Last week I brought you the functional Nintendo controller/coffee table. This week I bring you the next must-have for your geeked out pad: The DIY Ikea arcade cocktail cabinet! Your average MAME cabinet costs a pretty penny, but if you happen to have a Macbook with broken hinges lying around like Frederic Sebton did, you can combine that with a $70 RAMVIK side table from IKEA and be on your way to joystick land in no time.
Unlike the Nintendo controller table, this MAMEbook cabinet didn’t require major carpentry and artistic skills. In fact, Frederick explains in his blog that “To cover the ugly bits, I just cut a piece of black cardboard, here seen under the top glass.” Cardboard?! Swank!! I love it when cheap and easy fixes come together so nicely.
The only thing that I think would bug me about the design is the way the sliding drawer holds the joystick. Seems like you’d cut off the circulation in your wrists playing over that edge. Frederic does say “I’ll replace the drawer later with a proper control panel once I figure out how.” Overall, though, the end product is pretty sweet.
Check out the step by step transformation on Frederic’s blog»
[Thanks, Ms. Sarah for the tip!]