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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Giant NES controller table gets the steampunk treatment

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(Credit: Bohemian Workbench)

Another NES controller coffee table has arrived on the scene — this time with a distinctly steampunk flavour.

There's something about the NES controller that lends itself to supersizing in coffee-table form. We've seen more than a few — the original (as far as we can tell), Baron von Brunk's working Lego version, and a working wooden version for a touch of class.

It's that last one that concerns us today, since its creator — Charles Lushear, aka Bohemian Workbench — has just come out with a brand new "steampunk" version, made from salvaged antique parts and wood.

(Credit: Bohemian Workbench)

Called the "Reclaimed/Steampunk Nintendo Controller Coffee Table", it doesn't "work" like his other model, but that's probably just as well; those controls do not look like they'd be easy on the hands. The table, measuring 100(l)x45(w)x46(h) centimetres, is made entirely of recycled materials. The wooden frame is cedar wood from a former fence, while the A and B buttons are made from clock movements and the Select and Start buttons are made of vintage AR-15 20 round clips.

It's the D-pad that is the most interesting to us: it's made out of something called a Katanga cross, a cross-shaped piece of copper 8 inches across that used to be used as currency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 19th and early 20th century.

The coffee table is one of a kind, but at the time of writing, it's still available for sale on Lushear's Etsy page for a cool asking price of US$2600.


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