Published on March 11th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Hol Arcade Machine

Ikea Hol Arcade Machine

Materials: Ikea Hol Table, Skoghall Mats, EKBY Valter brackets

I had this 15″ Touch Screen LCD Kiosk machine lying around and wanted to do something with it.

Playing Plants vs. Zombies looked good but the case looked bad.
Playing around with MAME I realised there’s some potential here but sinking the screen into a table and having controls was screwed when you wanted to play portrait games and then landscape, I didn’t want the control on the top.

The solution was an IKEA HOL Table, just lift the top and rotate and some Skoghall coasters.

Ikea Hol Arcade Machine
Ikea Hol Arcade Machine
Ikea Hol Arcade Machine
Ikea Hol Arcade Machine

As the top was quite thick I had to rout it down and raise the screen up to meet it.

The control panel was made from another IKEA find, hot plate stands, matches the basket fine and some EKBY VALTER brackets.
I added a load of arcade buttons and a joystick.
Wired up a small keyboard to all the waggly bits above.
A hidden on and off switch on the side boots it all up.

I backed the control panel and front of the box with matt black vinyl on sign board, it gives it a great effect.

Because the control panel unbolts and is plugged in I intend to make other ones for trackball and maybe dual joystick control.

Using MAME I can play all the old classics along with new touch screen games like Angry Birds.

See more of the Arcade game Hol.

~ Shorty Bob, UK

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to Ikea Hol Arcade Machine

  1. it very creative hacking hahaha….love it

  2. Gilly Martin says:

    This is fantastic, I love all those old games, I want one….

  3. Love. It’s like a zen style arcade game.

  4. Joe says:

    Hahaha, this is great! I love classic games :) Cool invention!

  5. fotografer jakarta says:

    I love pacman!!!

  6. so we can put tea set and play pacman in this table? Cool!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome!

  8. Anonymous says:

    that is the coolest!

  9. Whatstrend? says:

    Maybe not very comfortable, but I just love this! Great idea! xx

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