DS Cardboard Arcade Stand




Introduction: DS Cardboard Arcade Stand

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.

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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    51 Discussions

    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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    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 ;)

    Whoa, dude. Those stands look cooler than mine. And you've got an Apple sticker on the upper half of your DSi?? Sweet...

    The Apple stickers have gone now. They just didn't cut it any more. The stands are made from 2mm mounting card or greyboard. Its nice stuff to work with as its nice and stiff but easy to cut with a good knife. Thanks for the idea! Mattech.

    "DS Phat" is another term for what Nintendo calls the "original style DS," but in my opinion, "DS Phat" sounds way cooler. If you scroll up the page just a little bit, the silver console that mattech has set up in one of his arcade stands happens to be the legendary DS Phat.

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

    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

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

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