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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.

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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cbendahan1 month 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

MarkD876 months 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!

coolalvaro398 months ago
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?
cheto180711 months ago
Hey one more question,

What size wires did you use.
thisissafety (author)  cheto180711 months 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.
cheto180711 months 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.
cheto180711 months 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
rgrifford12 months ago
That is really freaking awesome!!!
samgo441 year 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.
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__dc1 year ago
I swear I love what you do XD
phanjt092 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 ryan_patrick@hotmail.com

Thanks.
Patrick
DId you ever get a response on the wiring?
thetsquare2 years ago
is this the same one up for grabs on Portland craigslist recently?
bbulych2 years ago
Marry me? XD
sblank2 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.
Oi232 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!
pjrpumpken3 years ago
Is it light weight
thisissafety (author)  pjrpumpken3 years ago
hahah no not really. its made out of MDF ant that is pretty heavy stuff. I'm not sure of the exact weight since i have no possible way of weighing it.
Ok I asked that question cause I have never worked with mdf and I'm interested about it
XxThePiff3 years ago
This is the true definition of art!!!!!!!
thisissafety (author)  XxThePiff3 years ago
thank you very much!
O.O Wow. 'Nuff said.
thisissafety (author)  videogamemaster3 years ago
Thank you :)
fctw3 years ago
This is awesome, if unwieldy! :-)
thisissafety (author)  fctw3 years ago
Thank you very much! much appreciated :)
No worries. ;-) You obviously put a lot of time, work, and love into this project. I was surprised when I realized that it was actually functional! That made this more than just a novelty, but something that was really unique. Thank you so much for going the extra mile by sharing your process with all of us. ^_^
buttersnake3 years ago
Great work mate. My pops is a wood worker and I have been around some really nice things he has made over the years, you for sure have some wood working gene's running through you man, take advantage of the skill you have!
thisissafety (author)  buttersnake3 years ago
Thank you very much, thats much appreciated :) I've made shelfs and small book cases but this was my first major project so I put a lot of time into it.
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