DS Cardboard Arcade Stand

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I've previously seen arcade-like stands for orginal gameboy, and psp ( [http://com/2008/03/quite-possibly-the-moste-useless-yet-awesome-psp-accessory-ever/ to view this psp one clik here] ). When I saw this PSP one few hours ago i kept myself looking for ds one (because it would be cooler to play some of touch screen games), but i found nothing-so I made one myself.

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Step 1: Project

The first thing you have to make is a good project- the easiest way (which I've choosen) was to put ds sideway while it was open on a sheet of paper and then i drew the outlines of DS's back (making the lines as straight as I could). That gaves us the DS's holder (from side-view). Now you have to add some lines to make it an example of side-wall of our arcade stand (keep in mind that the DS's holder should be in a position to make LCD viewable). If it doesn't look good or It does not give you satisfaction, do this step again.

Step 2: Making the Project on a Cardboard

Now you have to draw your side wall project on sort of a big cardboard, and draw the back wall and flipped side wall (and other walls that will be in front and at the top/bottom). On the picture there is a little help for you about building arcade stands/machines for newbies (this is the simpliest example of how-to-make-one, it's not precise but fast ;). In our arcade stand The X lengh is about 9cm (it's because the DS's sides will be sticking out for more usable L & R buttons), and the Y lengh is your personal thing ;)

Step 3: Cutting, Glueing and Turning the Cardboard

Now we have to cut what we have drew on this cardboard, then turn the walls to make our 2D-cardboard a 3D-box (then glue it, or use other metod if you like). While cutting keep in mind that you will have to use a charger sometime or GBA cartriges that stick out, so left holes for them(on my photo you can see a good example of how I did it). Personally I just cut those mostly unneeded walls, and made a little hole for cable (I didn't make a bottom for the stand because I'm lazy ;P ). If you're ready, congrats, you have an arcade stand!

Step 4: Pimping Out the Stand

Now the best part: pimp it out, it's an arcade stand and it have to look colourful and a bit of stupid ;P I really had no time so I added a smile sticker as you can see ;) Have fun making this and thanks for reading my first instructable ;)

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    mattech

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I have been making these little arcade stands for a few months now. I keep getting my daughters mates asking me for them! I have templates for the Phat, Lite and now the i.
    In the video there are a couple of shell swape ive done.

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    MrZeroTFennekinmattech

    Reply 1 year ago

    I don't know if you'll read this after 8 years, but thanks for the upgrade idea! Looks way better (and resistent) than the original ;)

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    gunman15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    i really mean cut the cardboard on the sides so that the headphone jack and the power button is showing

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    gunman15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    you could make it a bit wider so it will make the nintendo ds go into it and cut it so the buttons are showing that would be cooler

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    arpoky

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I took the same idea and made it out of basswood. It works much better and is more stable.

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    quesoman

    9 years ago on Introduction

     Im gonna make this for my lil bro's birthday... he's a big ds fan

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    pikathebudgie1234

    9 years ago on Step 2

    nice template dude, i was wondering if u can add an actually downladable template for us so we can use it and make it for ourselves

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    thing 2

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I like it! I will make one. That would be cool if you could make one for ps2,ps3,wii,xbox,xbox360

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    chivalryisdead

    10 years ago on Step 1

    would it be possible to cut an opening in the stand near the bottom of the ds in order to insert gameboy advanced games?