DIYer Builds NES Coffee Table Controller
In this exclusive interview, Kyle Downes explains how he built a better controller, which doubles as a coffee table.
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May 29, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

The end result was a coffee table that measures about 35.4 by 15.7 inches, and 16.1 inches high. The total cost was about 100 Australian dollars ($96.44), with another $130 ($124.63) going to the glass cut for the top.

Aside from using it to play “Wizards & Warriors 3” and “Legend of Zelda,” the table packs in a ton of games. “How many boxes it holds really depends on how good at Tetris I am,” Kyle says. “At the moment stuff isn’t crammed in there too tight, but my console collection is ever growing.”

Of course, as his collection grows, it also gets harder to organize. Currently, Kyle has over 30 consoles vying for his attention, and creating massive amounts of cord clutter.

Aside from planning a career in “motion graphics,” Kyle is already plotting another project that will add to the organized chaos. He wants to add a new shelf system, this time with built-in power and A/V plugs. “I’m thinking my consoles might look cool in an old looking floral Louis-style shelf,” he says, adding that he might try to carve subtle video game references into the intricate floral patterns.

Kyle isn’t afraid to try new things, and he recommends that others attempt to build a bigger, better controller. “It’s definitely a rewarding project to try,” he says. “If it doesn’t work out it’s not a huge financial loss.”

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