Picture of Legend of Zelda Treasure chest with sound!
This instructable will show you how to build a Legend of Zelda Treasure chest that makes the iconic treasure chest sound when you open it.

Step 1: Materials

1/4" Pine plywood. You can use whatever type of wood you want, but pine looks nice and is relatively cheap.
You'll need enough wood to cut out the following pieces:

Two 5.5" x 10.5" pieces
One 8" x 10.5" base piece
Two 8.5 x 5.5" pieces
Five 2 7/16" x 11" slats
Also you will need two 6 sided half a decagon pieces. This sounds confusing but I've included a template to cut these pieces out. Print the template out and cut the pieces to be 8" wide at the base.

You'll also need:
Wood glue
Black poster board
A cheap mp3 player
Treasure chest opening mp3
Soldering iron
Solder and flux
Some small gauge wire (20 or 22 gauge will work)
SPDT lever switch from radio shack
Small audio amp. I used a cheap ipod speaker amp from the pharmacy.
Enough Black felt to line the inside of the chest, about eight 8 1/2" x 11" sheets.
150 black furniture nails.
Long straight edge
A couple black sharpie markers.
Hot glue gun
Super glue
Minwax Red Oak woodstain
Brush to apply stain with
Pliers or wire cutters
A couple of hinges.
Furniture clamps
A means to cut your wood. (Radial arm saw, table saw, band saw, whatever saw you have access to)
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AshtonKP2 months ago

This is awesome. Am definitely going to do this!

can you tell me the make and model of the mp3 player you used?

XaviOrin made it!10 months ago

Thank you for your instructable! I hope it gave me the inspiration I needed to convince my girlfriend to marry me! Kudos


Awesome done! How did you make the logo on top?

Wood burning iron actually. Instead of lightly using the burner to darken the wood I used it to burn down into the wood to give it depth.
KevinvanAbel5 months ago

This idea is awesome! I will be making this, but then with a real metal frame, and i think im going to build in a n64 or a wiiu with portable monitor.

I will try and upload the steps for the console build in if anybody is interested

Burns17 months ago
I was wondering if there was still a template for the half decagon?
Dudim1 year ago

I had an idea in terms of it may be hard to replace battery's or charge, if you buy a USB charged MP3 and then get a usb extension cord and make a USB-shaped hole into the back of your zelda chest and plug the usb into your computer (if you have one), could anyone tell me if this would work and maybe how to make a USB shaped hole in my zelda chest (when I make one ofc).

Garkas1 year ago
Greetings to Zachariah and the other people. I'm doing this absolutely amazing chest but I have doubts with the mechanisms of music.
The mp3 works perfectly and is from that kind wich the power button and the play is the same. Where should I make the C and NC connections? This is my mp3:


tzanon2 years ago
The template isn't opening. Could you perhaps email me the file?
Yokankun2 years ago
Thank you for this! I 've just finished two of them :-) One like yours and a double in size. For the sound I've used a recordable sound chip at http://www.talkingproducts.com/ it's cheap (5£) small and works well.
Achan202 years ago
Couldn't you use one of those Hallmark "Record your own message" cards?
pegasos2 years ago
It is awesome. I will make it on school. but you put the screws wrong. you have to place them on the wood. but it is awesome:$!!!
aag23 years ago
wow that's amazing, I wish I had the patience to make that

Numbuh1Nerd3 years ago
I have been planning on making a really life-like and effect-filled Pokeball, including sound fx. I remembered this from a while ago, and was wondering if you could help me. I need a system a lot like this one, but with two different sound fx and to fit into something about the size of a baseball without being too obstructive of the other features I need in there (LEDs, mirrors, an opening mech, etc.) Anyone with any ideas, please help me out!! Thanks!
I've always wanted my own Pokeball but i don't have the tools to make a good clean, "Oh My Goodness it's just how i imagined it" product. But, I will gladly help out with the idea process, what do u have so far? (Material you plan on using, size, etc)
Is there any way to screw the thing together? I'm not the most technical minded (or patient) person around, so I would rather have an alternative to glue.
With NO idea what I'm doing, would an old cell phone be able to work? The concept is that the start up sound would be what plays though the speakers. I would just have to identify the file and switch it out. The tricky part would be making sure that the phone would turn off once the chest is shut again. Any thoughts on this?
ctygrlstl3 years ago
Hey, I'm trying to build a 4x scale version, but I'm not sure on the measurements for the lid. I just multiplied all the other measurements by 4 (ex. 5.5in.x10.5in. became 22in.x42in.) but the lid numbers went wonky on me. What would the measurements be for the two lid sides (half a decagon) and the slats? Or am I completely on the wrong track with the 'everything times 4' idea?
this is simple enough. its a half circle. just multiply ur radius (8in) times 4, then divide the circle up useing a protractor (180/5=36 degrees) those are your points for the edges.
got something for you. new pic with all dimentions.

i suggest that u verify that everything fits before u cut anything....
chest dimentions.png
sorry, radius is 4 not 8
i wish i could edits my posts....
mulletking3 years ago
Could you post what brand of MP3 player you used, or recommend cheap ones that we can pull apart?

I second this! I tried going to radioshack for a "cheap" one but all they had was 40$+ with like 8 gigs. Was wondering if there were something cheaper.
blucolt3 years ago
I cheated. For mine I bougt a small pre-made treasure chest and then one of those recordable greeting cards. After I recorded the treasure chest sound (played on my phone), I cut out the whole apparatus and taped it into the treasure chest so the lid would pull the paper tab and make the sound play. Then I taped the reverse of a paper bag onto the roof and floor of the chest to hide the guts. I used it to store an ocarina i bought on ThinkGeek. Sweet!
brupielink3 years ago
Hey, nice work! I am going to make it starting the day after tomorrow, but i'm european and we don't use inches here. (metric ftw)
I have converted almost every domension into millimeters, except this:
I have no idea how to convert that. Can someone help me?
i don't know if you have figured it out, but it is 42.8625 millimeters
Robot Lover3 years ago
I made one for my friend for his birthday but have yet to give it to him. I used a recording module from radio shack instead of the MP3 player. I also made him an awesome card that resembles a dungeon map!
I decided to use a recording module as well, but how did you wire it to the spdt switch? I'm having some difficulty
I wired it to the normally closed lead and common lead of the micro switch. Hope this helps!
ishk4413 years ago
I have one question, what do you mean by 2 7/16" x 11"?
I'm totally doing this thanks man.
two and seven sixteenths inches by eleven inches
knguyen244 years ago
If i have a play button with a combined play/pause button, do i need to solder 2 wires onto it or just one?
triumphman4 years ago
My Grandpa made one of these Treasure Chest way back when I was a youngster! He surrounded an aquarium in wood and put a light in the lid and the air pump too! I He was an old Navy Man, and had so many cool skills. I wish he would have taught me some, but he passed on before I was old enough to learn! I keep telling myself to make one, now that I have the skills to do so, but keep putting it off! Too many crafts & hobbies! Maybe now I will try this! Thanks for sharing your expertise! Triumphman.
Finished mine - thanks for sharing the project! My son has his 4th birthday party tomorrow and he's all into pirates... I went a bit darker with my colors and used gold pushpins instead of black carpet nails. Lined the inside with alligator-skin textured black felt... now all that's left is to go over the edges with a black Sharpie.

I hope he likes it.
It looks great, I'm guessing you did okay with your gift!
He loved it!
FFVIIBOY4 years ago
You are my hero
dmartinez94 years ago
I'm going to do it and I will put all my TLOZ games in there.
About how much total would this cost?
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