What Classic NES Game Did I Turn Into Wood and Build Inside This GIANT NES Console?


What do you think’s in the box? Um… I don’t know. Maybe it’s video games probably. but… it doesn’t have controllers. yeah! we should open it. yeah! let’s open it yeah! (click) whoa! It’s video games it’s cool right (click) (hit) (pop-up) Yeah! Hooray…we did it! Hi-Five, good work! Whoosh it so I’ve been wanting to make a game
related project for a long time I’ve made a few things game related 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 was really inspired by
Chris form Foreyes Furniture two years ago when he made a giant Xbox stand then
I was really impressed when I saw his giant Nintendo switch that he made and I
realized I needed to make something so crisp thank you for inspiring me to make
this game 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 first thought the way I was going to do this was kinda
hand to illustrate everything and painting it using acrylic paints and
brushes but I decided against this because I really wanted to stay true to
that 8-bit look and flat look and just painting just wouldn’t get me that 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
could help me there was only a few things that I needed to do to prep my
wood to be printed on he gave me those instructions and I did that I also sent
him the Adobe Illustrator files with all the artwork that I had Illustrated
and within about a week he mailed me back a package who would that had all
the board’s in it and it was time to open them I was so excited to get this
package I felt like a kid on Christmas Day when I opened it I had was really
really careful I didn’t want to scratch anything so I pulled back all the layers
trying to get and see what the artwork was and when I finally saw for the first
time 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
in the past I’ve used a simple pencil and paper in my ingenuity but this time
I want to make sure that everything was perfect
so Sketchup seemed to be the logical choice 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 you
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 as you have probably figured out
by now this is gonna take several days for me to make 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 I then
fired up Cyclone turned on my saw and made the
cut 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 was actually a
really fun part of the build for me because it was the first time that I
could actually see the shape of the NES console coming together 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
drooling 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 we’re 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 saw ler 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 I’m just gonna let
this sit on my workbench and let it dry till the next day 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 wanted 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 overnight 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 this support
and angle design worked out really well so I just did the same thing to the
other side nailed it up and let it sit to dry 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 used 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 Ben 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 you 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 through
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 adhere 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 and then took all the double-sided
sticky tape off 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 screw this 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 is 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 of 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 it was a very
windy day 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 now I really made sure that this mask
was done right because I didn’t want anything to bleed in so I used a lots of
tape and paper I hope you’re liking this video and if you are liking it smash
that thumbs up button for me I would really appreciate it and if you
have any questions about the build so far please post them in the comments
below okay back to peeling off the tape 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 light
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
I installed two small hinges on the back this is pretty easy to do 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 in order to
make all the graphics for this game I had to recall some of the topography
lessons that I learned back in college 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 that like button

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