I’ve started work on a pretty hefty yet exciting project, building a NES Controller coffee table. I can’t really claim that it’s all that original, since I’ve seen several others made online already. I’m mainly pulling my inspiration from this guy’s, Kyle Downes, blog about the one he built. You can see the you tube video of his creation here. I also read that one was made by G4.
Basically it all came about out of a desire to find a good way of storing all of the random mess that comes with owning several different gaming systems. That, and a love for some classic games. All that and a need for some kind of project to work on. My wife isn’t too optimistic. She thinks it’ll end up half completed and taking up space in her living room. On the plus side we live near my parents and my dad has a large shed with a pretty good wood working shop so I’ll be able to do all the work there.
Right now it’s all in the planning stages. Recently during my lunch breaks at work I’ve been working on drawing up some plans for the table. My thoughts are if I’m able to plan enough ahead of time, then the less likely it’ll be that the table will looked jacked up down the line. Using a drafting ruler I had left over from school I took measurements form a NES controller. Then using the modeling program I had at work I made a model of all the parts I would need to make out of wood. I’ll attach a couple pictures from that showing the designs I’ve made. Right now I’ve got it scaled up so it’ll be a little under two feet tall, but I might play around with that.
I plan on getting the first few parts made sometime soon. Maybe the lid or the accents around the buttons. I still have to add the squares around the A and B buttons, but it shouldn’t take too long. I'm also absolutely open to any advice or suggestions. Hopefully this will turn out pretty cool.