Nintendo Entertainment System #2

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Project by Russell Eck posted 09-03-2019 05:33 PM 1563 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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. This is my 2nd iteration of building one of these and I ironed out a lot of the little stuff that I wasn’t too happy with on the first one.

I went the extra mile this time and made the POWER and RESET buttons out of walnut and got the power LED in there as well. The top is made out of curly maple and curly walnut which I wish was more figured than it is. The bottom half is made out of padauk. The whole thing is finished with a layer of dewaxed shellac followed by 3 layers of General Finished poly acrylic satin.

Comments and questions are welcome!

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#1 posted 09-03-2019 06:29 PM

This makes me smile. I appreciate this more than I should as an old gamer. The NES was a big part of my childhood. Nicely done!

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#2 posted 09-03-2019 07:11 PM

Wow this is awesome! I don’t even remember Nintendo making the top loader, only the front POS that never read the cartridges right. Very cool.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#3 posted 09-03-2019 08:08 PM

This is freaking amazing! Excellent job

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#4 posted 09-03-2019 10:32 PM

So. Awesome.

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, BABA, select, start.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 09-04-2019 03:22 AM

That is a very cool idea

-- Devon

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#6 posted 09-04-2019 04:04 AM

Very nice work. I’ve been wanting to make a wooden NES for many years, you beat me to it.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 09-04-2019 03:08 PM

This is awesome, nice work.

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#8 posted 09-04-2019 03:56 PM

So. Awesome.

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, BABA, select, start.

- chrisstef

Someone has been playing Contra… ;)

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#9 posted 09-04-2019 04:04 PM

Cool box!....I like that symbiosis between woodworking and electronics.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 09-04-2019 05:10 PM

Glad you guys are all digging it! I think I am going to give the Super Nintendo a try next

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#11 posted 09-06-2019 08:35 AM

That is cool!

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