One of the benefits of growing up in a Military household was spending a number of my childhood years between Hawaii and Guam. While there I was exposed to a lot of Japanese and other Asian cultural items, one being Pachinko.
My Father had aquired an old Pachinko machine, and I remember fighting with my brother for a turn to play with it. For such a simple game, it can be addictive.
The double edged sword of being able to move to such places as Guam and Hawaii was that we had to move back. In order to make the weight limits allowed for our personal effects when we moved, things had to get left behind. One of those was the Pachinko Machine.
My mother had recently mentioned the machine in a conversation, and how disappointed she was we had to get rid of it. In a strange coincidence, I received that same week an estate sale invitation that had on the manifest a pachinko machine for sale.
Needless to say, a few well placed bids later I had the machine... or what used to be one. The case was in bad repair, the electrical wiring was shot, and the linkages bore the consequences from sitting in a drafty shed for Lord knows how long.
With a few weeks of cleaning, lubricating, adjusting and entirely re-wiring I had the mechanicals of the machine working again. It still could not stand on its own, so I decided instead of replacing all the wood parts (which would have meant removing each component...) I build a second frame around it to provide support.
My original plan was to enclose the back side to keep foreign objects from getting inside, but I decided that for me, the back with all its mechanical marvel is the more fascinating side to look at. Instead I made a wider top to cover the ball feed tray, and hopefully prevent debris from falling inside. I used 8 rare earth magnets to hold a removable door over the ball tray which lifts easily out of the way to add balls, but doesn't take away from the grain of the walnut top.
Needless to say, Mom is quite happy with the results. I'm not sure their dog is pleased to have such a noisy toy in their home, however.