I Made A GIANT Wooden Retro Nintendo Duck Hunt Game! | Woodworking | DIY Project

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 can open it. Yeah. Let’s open it Yeah. (Click) (Opening) Whoah! It is video games! It’s cool right? (Click) (Hit) Yeah! Hooray we did it! Hi-Five, good work! Whoosh! so I’ve been wanting to make a game
related project for a long time I’v made a few things game related but 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 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 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 can help me when I opened it I hadn’t was really really
careful I didn’t want to scratch anything 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 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 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 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 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 drilling 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 with 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 Soller 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 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 want 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 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 use 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 been 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 use 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 have here 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 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 screws
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 was 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 button 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 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 this mask was done right
because I didn’t want anything to bleed in so I used a lots of tape in paper 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 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 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


  1. Lynn Fiscella October 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    This is so creative and fun! I love that it’s all mechanical rather than electronic. Well done, and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. Adorable kids, too!

  2. Erica Kennedy October 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This is so creative and innovative Philip. Didn’t know Sam and a helping hand in this build!! Pulling out my NES today.

  3. The Grant Alexander October 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Janie Gonzalez October 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    reupload? Still pretty fun to look at this again haha

  5. Geeksmithing October 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    So lovely! Well done!! Subbed!

  6. tjjackson11 October 14, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Great job Phillip…very inspiring to do some wood working…and video game playing!

  7. Ron October 14, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Awesome Project! but, Hey Fred Flintstone… No shoes? really? LOL

  8. Tommy Morgan October 15, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Wow that's a lot of work and time but it was well worth it!

  9. Marcel's Workshop October 15, 2019 at 1:39 am


  10. Tony Holcomb October 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Great work

  11. Jeff Melson Everything DIY October 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Man…. I love this! very creative and realistic. And who doesn't like Duck Hunt!

  12. jopanate1 October 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Put some damn shoes on, when you're in the shop!

  13. The Lost Levels October 17, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Very, very cool!

  14. Ahmed360 October 18, 2019 at 2:49 am


  15. Mark Welbourne October 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    That was a very professional build and was almost like a sales pitch using the kids. Very impressive from start to finish. Thanks for inspiring me.

  16. Mariusz Kowalski October 24, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Where did you buy stickers ?

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