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NES Lunchbox

Introduction
Step 1. Remove the guts
Step 2. Remove the wires
Step 3. Power and Reset buttons
Step 4. The Plastic Posts
Step 5. Rotary tool action
Step 6. Better
Step 7. Add hinges
Step 8. Test hinges
Step 9. Pack it
Step 10. Enjoy

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

This would be one of the easier projects. With this project, you turn your old NES system into a really cool retro looking lunchbox. I'm not sure how practical this is, but im sure you'd look pretty cool walking around with this. I'd bet you would attract loads of chicks walking around with one of these bad boys (well.... maybe not). This does come with an instrucable How To, and does not require any knowledge of electronics or soldering.

The original how to guide came from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Nintendo-Lunchbox/

How to make a NES Lunchbox
Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

Nintendo Lunchbox


I had a broken NES, a rotary tool, two small hinges, some glue and Alpha Flight's Sasquatch. What I ended up with was a lunchbox that gets all kinds of funny looks.

This is my first project, and kinda sloppy. I only had about two hours to do the whole thing. I'm sure I'll improve it over time (add a latch and file down the rough edges some more) but for now, it holds my lunch admirably.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

1. Remove the guts


Opening the NES case and pulling out it's guts is pretty easy. Take out all the screws you can find and lift the parts out gently one at a time. The wires can be unplugged from the motherboard pretty easily. I had to use pliers to get a decent grip on them though.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

2. Remove the wires


Removing the wires from the controller ports is a little more tricky. They will pop out with some effort, but you may just want to clip them off and file the sharper ends down.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

3. Power and Reset buttons


Once you unscrew the circuit board that these are attached to, they pop off really easily. Save these so that you can glue them back into place later.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

4. The plastic posts


I wasn't ready for all these little plastic posts that are inside the bottom part of the case. I couldn't even fit a bag of chips in there like that.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

5. Rotary tool action


The best way I could think to deal with the posts was with gratuitously unsound use of a rotary tool and a a couple of cutting wheels. This was by far the longest part of the process.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

6. Better


Once the posts were cut off, I ground the nubs down with the rotary's sanding attachment. Now it's nice and roomy in there. I left the 6 larger posts intact since they were originally intended to hold the case together. I thought they might help to add some stability.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

7. Add hinges


Adding hinges was pretty simple. Just mark where the holes should go and drill carefully with your smallest bit. The plastic is very pliable and the screws go in very neatly and hold well. I opted to put the hinges on the side so I could add a latch on the opposite side someday, but you might prefer to put them along the back.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

8. Test the hinges


Test it to make sure that it opens and closes smoothly. Mine didn't the first time and I had to reposition the hinges. Also, notice the white boarder around the Power and Reset buttons. When I glued them into place, I used a glue that dries white. I later repainted the while flecks with gray model paint, but you can avoid this by using a clear epoxy.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box

9. Pack it


Now put some lunch in there! You could be really silly and try to feed your sandwich through the old cartridge slot.

Nintendo Entertainment System NES System Console Controller Cartridge Game Retro DIY Hack How To Project Mod Modification Lunchbox lunch box 10. Enjoy

Finally, put your new lunchbox in the office fridge (into which it fits nicely) and wait for your coworkers' reactions.

The original how to guide came from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Nintendo-Lunchbox/

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