What NES Game Did I Build Inside This GIANT Classic NES Console? | Woodworking | DIY Project

What NES Game Did I Build Inside This GIANT Classic NES Console? | Woodworking | DIY Project

What do you think’s in the box?
I don’t know.
Maybe it’s video games.
It doesn’t have controllers
We can open it.
Let’s open it
It is video games!
It’s cool right?
Hooray we did it!
Hi-Five, good work!
so I’ve been wanting to make a game
related project for a long time
I’v made a few things game related but as
you know if you follow my channel I made
a ring-toss game I’ll put a link to that
in the description below and right here
in the video
I knew making this classic duck hunt
game was gonna present two major
challenges the first challenge was gonna
be getting the classic duck hunt artwork
on the wood I then remembered I had a
friend Rob who had a sign printing
company and I decided I’d give him a
call to see if he could help me out I
called him up I told him about my crazy
project that I was trying to do and he
said yes that he can help me when I
opened it I hadn’t was really really
careful I didn’t want to scratch
anything I was blown away at the quality
of these prints Rob you did an
incredible job and if any of you out
there need a print on wood or any
material give Rob a call I’ll put a link
to his information in the description
below the second challenge that I had to
face was getting the mechanics of the
game figured out I wanted this game to
mimic the classic NES game see I didn’t
want this game to necessarily be about
how many points you could score by
shooting the ducks down I wanted it to
be more about getting that dog to pump
up out of the grass getting that dog to
pop up was really challenging for me I
first thought I had to use motors and
servos and all those different things to
get this thing to work after about
spending 40 hours doing tons of sketches
and designs and writing down all my
ideas and thoughts
I realized simply all I had to do was
use good old-fashioned weights and
levers once I got all the physics and
mechanics worked out I could move on to
building the NES console this is the
first time that I used a Sketchup 3d
application to figure out all my cuts
for the project if you’re interested in
downloading the plans that I made for
this project and the Sketchup file I’ll
put a link to that in the description
below if you’re a patreon supporter you
can head over to my patreon site and get
this information right now and all my
other plans that I have available so let
me show you how I started this project I
first started by taking a full four by
eight sheet half-inch plywood and cut it
in half using a makeshift track saw I
then brought it over to my table saw to
cut down pieces to a more manageable
size my wife Samantha was a really good
sport in helping me out
next I set my fence to cut the boards
that I needed I started by setting my
fence to cut the largest and widest
board first and then worked my way down
I did this because I didn’t want to have
to reset my fence if I forgot a cut
later on so just make sure when you do
this that you cut all the boards you
need at once at that size before
adjusting your fence again it’ll save
headache and trouble later down the road
after I cut out all the pieces the next
part that I had to do was figure out the
angle that I needed to make the bottom
half of the NES console I used this
digital gauge I highly recommend using
it if you don’t have one in your shop
get one it was a lifesaver this is about
as far as I got on the first day of this
build the next day I used a template
that I had made for the front and the
back of the bottom of the box I then
used my miter saw here to cut the angle
that I needed after the dust settled
from my saw I took everything and placed
it on my table here and used my tape
measure to mark the line where I needed
to cut the back slots once the cut was
made I took all the pieces laid
everything out on my table to make sure
the slots were where I wanted it to be
this is the front part of the console
that we all are very familiar with I
wanted to stay true to the NES console
as much as possible so you can see here
I’m drilling out a hole for the LED and
I have three other markings one for a
button I’ll show you that and what I’m
gonna do with that here in a minute and
then with the controllers go I’m
drilling pilot holes because I’m gonna
use my scroll saw in just a minute and
cut that material out of those areas I’m
sure there’s other ways to cut out the
holes other than using a scroll saw it’s
just one thing that I had and I thought
it would be fun to do if you have any
thoughts or other ways to cut out these
holes I’d love to hear about them post
them in the comments below
I’m not the best scroll Soller and I
knew I was gonna need some cleaning up
to do I used everything from a file to
sandpaper to pretty much anything I
could think of that would smooth out
these holes and make them as perfect as
I possibly could make them next I moved
on to making the power button and the
reset button
I used five quarter stock wood you can
pick this up usually at your local
hardware store it’s nothing special it’s
just pine or select pine it’s a little
bit over an inch thick and this material
worked out perfectly for my power and
reset buttons if you haven’t figured it
out already the power button actually is
going to work and the reset button is
just there for decoration and that’s
what I’m gluing on right now the next
step was for me to actually cut out all
the pieces and parts needed to make the
button function and operate this button
is actually going to be the mechanism or
latch that holds the top in place
you can see here that I have all the
pieces cut out and I’m putting
everything together kind of dry fitting
to make sure that I’ve got everything
accounted for and it’s gonna work the
way I wanted it to the next step is to
just glue and nail everything up I
probably spent more time on this button
mechanism than I did the entire build
but I just want to make sure it worked
correctly and that if I had to do any
modifications to it later down the road
I could remove it from the box the next
item that I had to make was the back
brace this brace is what holds the top
lid at a 90 degree angle when it’s
opened after I glued everything I
clamped it all up and let it dry
the next day I was ready to assemble the
bottom of the box I first started by
applying some glue to the bottom of the
support I then aligned it to the corner
to the exact spot that I needed and use
my brad nailer to nail everything in
place these supports are very important
to giving you that classic NES look
these supports not only provide strength
to the box but also hold the angled
boards to the right degree the next part
of this build was going to be really
challenging see I was gonna be working
on the mechanics and the top part of the
box you can see in the background that
I’ve prototype this out already in a
version this is actually one of three
prototypes that are actually built
before making the final one that you see
me making now what I’m working on right
now are the rails and the top platform
that supports all the mechanics for the
game I use pocket and pocket hole screws
and glue to hold everything in place it
maybe was a bit overkill so what i’m
doing here is marking the lines where
i’m going to be illustrating the door
that you would normally open on the
classic NES to put your cartridge into I
been wanted to make sure my lines from
the top box matched the bottom part of
the box next I set everything up on my
table created a makeshift jig using some
clamps and extra boards that I had
laying around this helped keep my line
straight and true in areas that I
couldn’t use the guide that came with
the router kit
the next part of the build was to cut
out all the vents for the top of the NES
console to do this
I used a stacked dado blade and slowly
cut away the material that I didn’t need
once I cut away everything I cleaned up
the top board sanded it and now I was
ready to cut out little tiny vent pieces
to do this I created a stop block jig
for my miter saw so they were all cut
perfectly I’ll speed things up here so
you don’t get bored watching this but
this is actually a lot of fun for me to
put together I created a little spacer
guide so I knew that they would be
spaced evenly as I installed all the
little pieces the next step in this
build was to build the top box to do
this all I had to do was use some wood
glue and some Brad nails and I was done
what I’m doing here is installing the
back and the back support system to hold
the box up when it’s at a 90 degree
angle after I installed the back I test
fitted the support mechanism to make
sure it fit correctly I then wanted to
test it with the top and it worked
perfectly next was to finish up the
support system and then install it
inside the box I test fitted a few
things to make sure that everything was
gonna work out correctly here you can
see that I’m testing and making sure the
duct is gonna work to attach the duct
I used sixty second super glue and a
hinge the reason why I used glue rather
than a screw was my material was too
thin and I couldn’t find any screws
small enough not to puncture all the way
I made this jig to make sure I had the
holes in the right spot I then used my
drill to create pilot holes you’ll see
why in just a minute
but before I show you I applied
double-sided sticky tape to the top
graphic so I could have here my template
I then took everything over to my router
table to be honest I was really nervous
about this part because I only had one
chance to cut everything out and I
didn’t want to screw anything up after
the first cut I felt pretty confident
and I just did the same thing for the
last remaining holes now when I cut out
the grass section I had to be careful so
I only cut out part of it I then took
the template over to my table saw and
peeled away the parts and pieces so I
was really nervous to cut out the little
blades of grass I knew this was gonna be
really delicate because each blade is
very narrow and I didn’t want to screws
up because if I did I’d have to start
all over from the beginning thankfully I
didn’t screw it up and I was able to
move on to the next part of the build
installing the mechanism for the dog to
pop up you can see here I’m fitting
everything inside the box to make sure
it works correctly before installing the
mechanisms behind everything here I’m
installing the first duct this was a
little tricky but it worked and the
hinge worked perfectly
next I needed to add the counterweight
and balance to the mechanism and you can
see me tying off everything and
installing it here and testing it next
what I needed to do was use some wood
putty and fill all those Brad nail holes
that I had placed in the top of the box
because I had to prep everything before
I could paint it sanding is probably my
least favorite thing to do maybe I would
enjoy it more if I had a festival sander
and dust collecting system so here I’m
installing the latch that works with the
power button I attached the top to make
sure that the button and the latch was
actually gonna work and it did I then
decided it was time to finish up the
controller section
I created the inputs by taking a block
and just drilling holes using a drill
press it was really straightforward and
simple and it gave me the look that I
wanted I first primed it and then
painted it black I then moved over to
painting the top part of the box the
classic NES gray actually it was the
closest gray I could find at the
hardware store I then painted the bottom
of the console dark grey I then used
masking tape to mask off the areas that
I didn’t want to spray paint black
unlike sanding I really do enjoy spray
painting and I especially like taking
off the masking tape to see the final
result the controller section came out
perfectly the next thing that I had a
mask off was the top of the box where
the vents are this mask was done right
because I didn’t want anything to bleed
in so I used a lots of tape in paper
the paint job turned out amazing
it’s really starting to look like the
classic NES console one detail that I
loved doing was installing this LED
I designed the LED light to come on when
you open the box lid to do that
I installed a limit switch I designed
the button mechanism to come in and out
and I used a pin here to hold it in
place the NES zapper is one of the most
famous arcade shooting guns ever made
I tried replicating it off a nerf gun
that I found online I’ll put the link to
that product in the description below
one of the last steps was adding the
graphic elements to the outside of the
console I had these vinyl stickers
printed from a neighbor of mine who had
a vinyl printing machine these vinyl
stickers were really easy to apply and I
loved the detail it added to my game I
was really nervous about applying this
last vinyl sticker to the game because I
knew once I had added it everything
would be finished I think my favorite
detail about the game is the front power
button my other favorite feature is
probably the sliding support system I
like to know what your favorite thing is
about this project put them in the
comments below and don’t forget to smash
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17 thoughts on “What NES Game Did I Build Inside This GIANT Classic NES Console? | Woodworking | DIY Project”

  1. This is so creative and fun! I love that it’s all mechanical rather than electronic. Well done, and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Adorable kids, too!

  2. This is so creative and innovative Philip. Didn’t know Sam and a helping hand in this build!! Pulling out my NES today.

  3. That was a very professional build and was almost like a sales pitch using the kids. Very impressive from start to finish. Thanks for inspiring me.

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