Nintendo Entertainment System

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Project by Russell Eck posted 04-20-2015 11:18 PM 3772 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one took me a surprising amount of time but I am so happy to have it done! I took an old Nintendo Entertainment System top loader design and gutted the parts. I then built and replicated the old classic front loader design and installed it so this thing is 100% functional. I put hinges and a clasp on the front so I can pop it open whenever I want. I also spent a lot of time engraving the mario and nintendo sign in the top.

Top is made from Canary wood with a Pau Rosa stripe. Bottom half is made from Jatoba and a black Wenge middle trim.

The two holes are for the power and reset buttons which I am currently turning on my lathe! Still need to get a few original style controllers and am contemplating making them out of wood….

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 11:29 PM

that looks like lots of fun. had no idea the insides had so little in them :)

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 11:48 PM

Epic. So epic.

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 06:09 AM

Belongs in the national technology museum, wonderful!

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 06:11 AM

Thanks guys!

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 12:29 PM

At first glance I thought it may be a case with the original in it. I was surprised to see this was the case! Great idea and nice work. I would like to try this someday, I still love to play the older games.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 01:58 PM

This is gorgeous. Once my kids are old enough to appreciate retro gaming, I’m planning on building a custom entertainment center to hold all my old systems (pretty much every Nintendo and Sega release from NES through Dreamcast/Gamecube). If you could send me plans for retrofitting all of them for wooden enclosures that’d be great, thanks ;-).

Have you considered making a purpleheart power glove? Instead of transferring the innards you could just stomp on them and set them on fire; it would still work about as well as the original.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 05:18 PM

That thing is glorious. I actually have an NES taken apart in a box because I was planning to do the same thing years ago, but never got around to it. Your work here is very inspiring, I’ll have to build my wood NES someday too.

How did you do the carvings? They look very clean.

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#8 posted 04-21-2015 06:07 PM

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Way to go!

^also interested in how you did the carvings

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#9 posted 04-21-2015 06:35 PM

This is awesome. Great work!!

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#10 posted 04-21-2015 07:29 PM

Wow this is very cool. Great job on the worksmanship. Love the woods you chose.

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#11 posted 04-22-2015 01:31 AM

The engraving was done with a CNC machine actually,took me about 4 test cuts to get it right

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#12 posted 04-25-2015 01:00 PM

Great recycle. Looks so much better than that old plastic box.


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#13 posted 04-27-2015 02:26 AM

And, you did an awesome job with this build. Looks great

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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