Robert Powers bought a cocktail Star Battle pinball machine and wanted to make something of it. It sat in the corner of one of his rooms for a while, idly collecting dust, being too tall for a coffee table and too short for a bar table. After living with the pinball machine in its useless state for too long, Robert decided that repurposing the machine top needed to be crossed off his ‘to-do’ list.
Robert posted his idea of a coffee table base strong enough to hold the pinball top to CustomMade and woodworker, Stephen Jornov of Wooden-it-be-nice, stepped up to the plate touting over 30 years of table making experience.
“I like the challenge of doing something different rather than just making the same style/type of product all the time,” said Stephen. “When the project is complete, the customer is happy and I may have learned how to do something new or in a different way.”
“Something different” is one way to describe the upcycled pinball machine coffee table. A strong and sturdy base was crafted and equipped with drilled holes for the pinball machine to securely fit in. Stephen Jornov finished the table off with a carefully crafted storage drawer and a few coats of black satin paint to mimic the look of the actual pinball machine.
Stephen Jornov has been doing part-time building and remodeling work since 1974. What started as a hobby grew into a full-time gig in 2005 when Stephen retired from his position with the government. In 2011 Stephen began to phase out some of his prior remodeling work and started Wooden-it-be-nice out of his own shop.Using scrap pieces from remodeling jobs, Stephen created wooden boxes for keepsakes and jewelry and quickly expanded his portfolio to include custom tables, bookcases and bed frames.
I like the challenge of doing something different rather than just making the same style/type of product all the time
Today, Stephen’s considered one of the most successful CustomMade Makers, with a portfolio that’s 15 positive reviews deep.