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Here is my instructable on how I built a giant (working) NES controller/trunk.
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Step 1: What you need

Picture of What you need
I added a downloadable file of the basic parts and measurements you need for this project so you can print it off if you'd like. If not here is a list of the basic parts needed.


Bolt/Screw - 14
Washers - 24
Switches - 8
Spade terminals ( 4 – 6 stud ) - 30 or more
5 pin plug ( both male and female ) - 1
P – Clamps - a bunch
Locking Nuts - 14
Small Springs ( must fit over bolts ) - 10 - 14
Non-Skid Protectors (felt ) - 14 or more
“Piano” Style Hinges - 2 ft at least
Different Colour Wires - 9
NES Controller - 1
Various amounts and sizes of screws

The Controller:

48 x 21 in. - 1 ( ¾ in. MDF )
48 x 3 ½ in. - 2 ( ½ in. MDF )
20 x 3 ½ in. - 2 ( ½ in. MDF )
48 x 21 in. - 1 ( 1/8 in. MDF )
47 x 20 in. - 1 ( 1/8 in. MDF )

The Trunk:

(all ½ in. MDF)  

48 x 16 in. - 2 
20 x 16 in. - 2 
47 x 20 in. - 1 
47 x 2 in.   - 2 
19 x 2 in.   - 2    
48 x 3 ½ in. - 2 

I also made up some blueprints for myself to follow. I photocopied my controller and placed a sheet of tracing paper on top of the regular paper that the controller was copied on to. the reason i did this was so i could write and erase measurements and whatnot. I then took calipers and measured the actual controller in millimeters and just transfered that to centimeters. These measurements are more of a guide line than anything.

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cheto18071 year ago
Hey one more question,

What size wires did you use.
thisissafety (author)  cheto18071 year ago
Mmm I used 16 but that's only because I found that whole wiring harness in the trash at my dads shop. I would recommend smaller. 18 or maybe even 20. 16 was a little clunky and hard to solder to the board.

I did 18 and couldn't imagine going with a thicker gauge! Props to you :)

hkimpact1 month ago

Has anyone considered trying a lift mechanism hinge for this? Could be cool having it lift up towards you and locking in place.

marcforsyth1988 made it!1 month ago

Thanks so much for the instructional. To anyone building one of these, I found an easier method to the wiring process. I wired the momentary pushbuttons to the controller as normal, however instead of cutting and re-wiring the cord coming out of the controller to the nes, I left that cord intact and mounted the plug to the back of the coffee table. I then purchased an NES Extension Cable (has a male on one end and a female on the other) from So now, all I have to do is plug the extension into the NES and into the back of my table.

NES COntroller.jpg

I did the same thing, but then realized I wanted a longer cable. I can vouch that this does work though.

Im going to built my own!

Jonb2701 month ago
I need the vinyl lettering. HELP!!
SammMoney2 months ago

I am unable to download the file I am only getting a .tmp. Anyway it can be reuploaded or can someone tell me where to get it.

brex1 made it!3 months ago
brex14 months ago
@ thisissafety, could you please email me your messurments can't get the file to open.. at jurassic262
joshwelch96 months ago

Very awesome man! Love this!

JakeT19966 months ago
Can anyone let me know what type of switches were used for the Dpad I can see that push switches were used for start select, a and b buttons but I can't identify the d-pad to save my life
cbendahan9 months ago

could someone post links to some of these things i cant find them


Spade terminals ( 4 – 6 stud )
5 pin plug ( both male and female )
P – Clamps
Locking Nuts
Small Springs
Non-Skid Protectors

MarkD871 year ago

Is there any price-tag on this? As in the total cost of the build? I'm considering making one as a gift, but as a student my cup doesn't exactly runeth over with cash, so planning it out financially would be nice!

Dis is awsome
Hey , I just finished making the remote, now I just need some decals. Did you go to a big name store to get yours done? If not, how/what would I look for when searching for a store? do you have any left over that I can buy from you by chance?
cheto18071 year ago
There are two wires coming out of each button right? Where do both of those wires lead? Please show me how you did it at
Thanks man. Now I can start.
cheto18071 year ago
I have a question: one wire from the button leads to the board; where does the other wire go to get the power? Please e-mail at
rgrifford1 year ago
That is really freaking awesome!!!
samgo441 year ago

You've unlocked something very awesome in this project.

It is finally complete!, turned out better than I expected!, Works great on my projector.

If anyone needs vinyl lettering or decals let me know, will create some for you for cheap.
Almost completed my NES Coffee table. Just have to cut out the rest of the decals , screw in rest of buttons and a lot of paint touch up!
I also have a vinyl cutter if anyone is looking for decals for there tables send me a message and will try to respond asap.
NESobsessed2 years ago
Hi there! I love what you did with this and I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to upload the instructions; I've just got one question: how much did it cost you to build this? (including the deceals and paint but excluding the tools) Thanks.
scream__dc2 years ago
I swear I love what you do XD
phanjt093 years ago
Does anyone have trouble downloading the document? Cause when i downloaded it, it just gave me a zip with wierd xml documents and folders. Anyone have a solution?
Downloading it and simply opening it with word will do the trick :)
Doesn't work for me neither. It gives me a .tmp file.
patryan2 years ago
Can you be more in depth on how you did the wiring? I have no experience with this sort of thing at all and really really want to make this. I'm not an electrician. Is there anyway that you can help me?

If you can please email me if possible at

DId you ever get a response on the wiring?
thetsquare3 years ago
is this the same one up for grabs on Portland craigslist recently?
bbulych3 years ago
Marry me? XD
sblank3 years ago
I'm going to do this, but as an upright stereo cabinet. I want to make it so the controller part slides off the rest of the piece, rather than opens with a hinge. Also gonna have to make it a few inches bigger. I'll keep ya posted.
Oi233 years ago
Could I buy one of these?
coryjbenson3 years ago
That's freaking awesome. Now all you have to do is put a piano hinge on the back and make it a storage unit as well!
dimmaz883 years ago
Dude, you make the world a better place! :)
ilpug3 years ago
now make a same scale NES!
XxThePiff3 years ago
This is the true definition of art!!!!!!!
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