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I saw a few NES tables around the internet and fell in love with the idea. However, they all fell in either the "not quite what I'm after", or "there's no flippin' way I'm paying that!" category.

I decided straight away that it didn't need to work as a I thought the novelty would become a bit old before too long. Instead I wanted something that was a bit subtle, looked good, and showed off some nice wood.

Here's how I made mine.....

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Step 1: Measure up

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First I got my trusty controller out and hit it with some digital calipers to get all the dimensions.

Step 2: Design

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Armed with the dimensions I draw up the face on AutoCAD, scaled it up to the size I wanted (about 1m long), and worked out some details for some basic designs.

I didn't stick too rigidly to the plan...I'm a bit of a geek though so it was important to me to get the top spot on.

Step 3: Let the build commence!

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There's 3 colours on a NES controller...

Black - Oak
Grey - Maple
Red - Mahogany

I was thinking of using walnut for the black bits...but I really like oak!

First up I went to my local timber yard and selected some nice bits of oak, and got a few maple & mahogany offcuts too.

I cut the oak roughly to size, and fed it to my planer/thicknesser until I had some nice square bits of wood.

Then I glued it together using "Resintite" wood glue (kinda like Urea-formaldehyde adhesive), and plenty of clamps.

When dry the glue got scraped off and I had a good go at it with a belt sander.

Not pictured here...but I got some glass cut at this stage for the top (as I didn't trust them to cut it accurately enough later). Then I cut the oak panel to match the glass.

knukelhed2 years ago
Great job, what happens when I hit up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start?
You get endless lives in Contra :-)
Or 30 extra wings appear before game time.
jaksherry1 month ago

This is gorgeous. I really want to do this, but it looks like more time than I have :-(

daftman3 months ago
great instructable . how much does this cost in material to make ?
davemmanc2 years ago
This is amazing!
I am envious of your skill and free time.
alex2015292 years ago
Hey, if you ever one night wanted to use it as a controller you could hook it up to a Makey Makey and have a retro night.
I. Love. This. <3 <3
rendermatt2 years ago
Orkekum2 years ago
You could've made a secret stash under some of the buttons
HicksCustomFurniture (author)  Orkekum2 years ago
Great idea! Something for Mk2 I reckon.
I will look forward to that!
Oh, and have the buttons right way around next time?

(and i doubt you'd ship to finland, without a giant fee...)
I thought the surface was etched by a laser cutter. After reading all the steps. Thats some skills you have got and it looks amazing.
Lindie2 years ago
awoodcarver2 years ago
Very nice work ....
Gabriellleh2 years ago
Beautiful work!
superriku2 years ago
Amazing work!!!
Skullbot2 years ago
This looks fantastic except for one detail: You mixed up the B and A buttons!
HicksCustomFurniture (author)  Skullbot2 years ago
i know :( Can't tell you how gutted I was when i realised!
Ouch! But otherwise, yeah, great job.
This is so well done! I'm considering it as a geek investment, I'm in Canada though and the shipping would be a mint. Is this the same one you have for sale?
stncilr2 years ago
looks great!
HicksCustomFurniture (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for all the positive feedback! A lot of love went into the details, and I hope it shows.
lewisb422 years ago
Gorgeous piece! Makes me wish I had a thickness planer to do tabletops.
mr.frob2 years ago
Really great! Thanks for sharing!
hgarmorer2 years ago
I'm just jealous, you still have a system. Great table!
Whoa! That looks amazing! All of the details are just perfect!