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Here is my instructable on how I built a giant (working) NES controller/trunk.

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.

Hardware:

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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marcforsyth1988 made it!5 months 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 StoneAgeGamer.com. So now, all I have to do is plug the extension into the NES and into the back of my table.

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Hay marc could u possibly help me with the wiring stage ? Im stuck on the wires from switches to the board , if u have any photos i could use would be awsome

I didn't take any photos after completing the wiring stage. However, when I was wiring, I was confused as well, until I found the following photo online. This will tell you which button gets wired to which point.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y278/kevdog00/nes...

Also, since 2 wires come from each switch (one of them being ground), most people I have seen put a random screw in the table and tighten all of the ground wires together using spade connectors.

The method I used is one that I believe is both easier and more organized. I took a terminal block (12 terminals but you need at least 8) and connected each button's ground to its own terminal.

For example, I connect the ground wire for the button 'UP' to Terminal 1 using a spade connector, then 'RIGHT' to Terminal 2, then 'LEFT' to Terminal 3, and so forth until all of the ground wires for each button are connected to its own terminal. Next, since my terminal block's terminals are NOT connected, I needed to connect them somehow so all of the ground wires would be connected.

To do this, I took an extra length of wire (only about 2 inches or so) and connected Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Then, I took another two inch piece of wire and connected Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. And then Terminal 3 to Terminal 4. All the way up to terminal eight.

Now, you are free to connect the other wire for each button to the corresponding solder point on the controller board using the image I linked to above.

Sorry for the long description and if you need anything else, please let me know.

Also, I forgot to mention, after you finish the last step of connecting Terminal 7 to Terminal 8, you are going to connect a long piece of wire coming from Terminal 8 and solder that to the 'ground' connection of the controller board in the diagram.

Marc I have a problem I bought a new nes controller off eBay but it's board Is totally diffrent, I think it's easier to solder, if I'm right the circles next to buttons are solder points?? but we're would 2nd wire from Momentary switches go? to the random ground screw u mentioned? iv posted a pic so u can see and judge ur self
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Sorry for the delay.

My guess would be that you purchased a generic brand controller? The process is basically the same.

Out of curiosity, what is under that black circle sticker? I only ask because you see those lines leading from each button to that black circle? That pathway is the electrical connection joining the buttons to the board. My hunch is that under that black circle would be a nice spot to solder, IF there was only one or two buttons. Since we have 8 buttons, it would be a little cramped and you would risk touching multiple solder joints together which is not good.

I do believe soldering to those little copper circles that are touching each button would do the trick, my only fear is that there is not a solid anchor point to keep the wires from ripping off over time. This is because a solder joint is intended to create and electrical connection, not to "weld" parts together.

If you are also worried about that issue, I would suggest drilling REALLY tiny holes either straight through the center of each copper pad, or near it, and feeding each wire through the backside and then soldering, similar to the 5 wires already connected to the board in your photo. This will add more security and less chance of ripping off. If you do decide to drilling, make sure its a VERY tiny drill bit, just big enough for your wire to fit through, and MAKE SURE you drill in REVERSE! This will "melt" a hole through the plastic, instead of drilling through and cracking the board!

As far as the grounding of the second wire of each pushbutton, those should go to the terminal block as I stated before, however its hard to tell where that terminal block should lead to without a diagram of where the ground solder joint on your specific controller board is located.

I am definitely no expert, so I can't say for sure, but what I would do is ONLY connect the ground wires to the terminal block and then give it a go and see if it works. If not, connect a wire going from the terminal block to an unused soulder point on the board and give it another shot.

Alternatively, you could buy a Nintendo branded controller and use that.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any other help.

really appreciating your help Marc on this project, the black point on board isn't a sticker just part of board, im going to try solder on to the connection paths next tk each button, x fingers will do job, now all I gota do is find a nes I can borrow to test the table out lol, thanx Marc :)
mate your a star, photo didn't load sais bad link, but totally understand now from reading from your reply makes it so much easier to understand, really appricate your reply mate, thanx so much

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

LukeY13 months ago
Hey man, I was looking at this and I really wanted to make this in the future. I have no experience with carpentry so is there any way I can buy the buttons pre built?
bfischer.1985 made it!4 months ago
loved this one, didn't make mine functional, but still had allot of fun doing it!
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JakeT199611 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
Hay mate momentary swithes are used for all buttons there 99p for 5 on ebay and if your looking for the ball bolt thing the d-pad sits on its called a ball stud £3 on ebay
doeboy19784 months ago
Hay can any one help me with a more detailed how to wire the controler ( from momentary switches to board )
cheto18072 years ago
Hey one more question,

What size wires did you use.
thisissafety (author)  cheto18072 years 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 :)

hkimpact5 months ago

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

RakunnDesigns5 months ago

Im going to built my own!

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Jonb2705 months ago
I need the vinyl lettering. HELP!!
SammMoney6 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!8 months ago
Woo-hoo
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brex18 months ago
@ thisissafety, could you please email me your messurments can't get the file to open.. at jurassic262
joshwelch911 months ago

Very awesome man! Love this!

cbendahan1 year ago

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

Switches

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?
cheto18072 years 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 cheto1807@gmail.com
Thanks man. Now I can start.
cheto18072 years 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 cheto1807@gmail.com
rgrifford2 years ago
That is really freaking awesome!!!
samgo442 years ago
TITLE SCREEN
UP DOWN
LEFT RIGHT
START SELECT
A B A B

You've unlocked something very awesome in this project.

Congrats!
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.
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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!
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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 :)
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