Nintendo Switch Game Storage Controller // How-to


Hey, I’m Bob, and I like to make stuff today, I’m gonna make a joy con holder that also stores your games
For Christmas this year our family got a Nintendo switch, and it’s very very cool one of the things
I like most about it is that the joy con controllers come off so you can play in different
Configurations one of the things I don’t really like about it is that these tiny tiny games come in these big packages so today
I’m going to make some sort of contraption to hold the controllers and a whole bunch of games in a small package
Let’s do it first off
I used some digital calipers to take measurements off the existing rail and then drew out a really simple profile sketch in fusion 360 I
Extruded this sketch out just to about a half of an inch
I just wanted to make sure that this profile would fit around the real controller before printing the full thing
Having a short piece like this made it print a lot faster
Which made it really easy to make adjustments and try again
It turned out that the first piece that I printed fit over the rail really well
But there’s several different features that have to be accounted for the extra buttons
There’s some little hooks and notches to make things fit and slide correctly
I extruded it out to the full length and then started adding cutaways to match some of the hooks that are on the controller itself
When you’re looking at a screen capture like this it kind of looks like magic like I just knew where to put everything and it
Fit perfectly the first time, but the key is really some simple precise measurement
and if you’re trying to model something to fit on an object that’s already in the real world using calipers is a
Fantastic way to get the precision that you need
Excluding the print time I spent about two hours making different versions of this and adding features, and eventually got something good
I’ve printed out six different iterations of this rail
This is the final one, and it works really well it slides on there’s plenty of friction to hold it in place
but you can easily get it off when you’re ready to I’m gonna make the file for this available so you can download it and
Use it in your own projects, but for me
This is just the first step in a bigger project here
And that project is making a container for the games the games come in this nice big case
But they’re actually really tiny it’s a huge waste of space to store something like this
So I’m gonna make a container that goes in between the controllers
They can hold several little games and a little word of warning this project is going to use digital fabrication
Tools that I understand not everybody has access to but hopefully it will give you some inspiration and you can seek out some local ways
To use those tools either in a library or a local makerspace alright
Let’s get to it to get started on the box for the games
I drew out some two-dimensional shapes in illustrator, but you could also use Inkscape
It’s completely free I sent these shapes to my laser cutter and cut them out of 8-inch maple plywood
I cut all these pieces out on the laser, and I’m ready to put the box together
But I want to point something out you could certainly make this box with traditional woodworking tools
No problem
But one thing that I found is really awesome about these newer digital fabrication tools is that you can make
iterations very quickly and very easily
Also, if you were to try to cut a piece this small on a table saw there’s a pretty good chance it wouldn’t come out
Like you wanted, and it would be kind of dangerous anyway in my case
I made the first box and then realized that some of the sizes were a little bit off
So I just modified my files and had the laser recut these pieces these digital fabrication
Tools are awesome for incremental design and being able to make small changes very quickly
The plywood that I use came covered in masking tape and that’s really so you can easily
Remove the scorched effect around the engraving I peel that off and used some superglue to put these together this wood was also pre finished
So I did have to sand some of the areas where it was gonna be glued together to get a better hold
You could certainly use wood glue here as well
And you definitely want to make sure that you get rid of the finish if you’re gonna do that the CA glue will hold on
to the finish for the wood glue really needs to penetrate into the fibers I
lined up these pieces roughly
But the outside of this is going to get sanded so that you can see the wood grain
Instead of just the burn marks from the laser
The masking tape peels off of large areas very easily
But using something really sticky like Gorilla Tape helps pull off all the small areas to get the better detail
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Back on the laser I cut another set of pieces that look almost identical
But they’re actually smaller these are for the tray that holds the games and they’re gonna fit inside my box
The belt sander was really helpful here too to get rid of the burn marks
But also to round over the edges to make sure that it slid really well once. I dropped it into the box
Back in illustrator
I drew out the art for the foam that fit inside the tray and part of this was using the calipers to measure the games
And figure out an opening where your finger could go in behind the game to pop it out. I
Cut this shape out of 2 millimeter craft foam and I made two layers of it so that I could sandwich them together to get
enough height I
Scraped off the excess superglue from the inside on my tray before gluing down the first layer of foam
I grabbed the CA glue because it was right there, but as soon as I put it down
I realized that that was not the best choice
Mostly, I just used too much glue
But there was a lot of squeezed out that I had to try to clean up and so for the second layer instead of super
Glue, I used spray adhesive
I put on a light dusting waved it around to let it dry a little bit and stuck it right into place
I cut down a small scrap of wood to use for the top
but I had to get that lined up with the tray inside so I added some super glue to the tray dropped it in and
Added activator to the top as soon as those two pieces touch they bond
This isn’t the strongest connection in the world, but this thing’s not going to take a lot of abuse
But I was really happy to see that the top was gonna stay in place and the game’s fit nicely enough that they wouldn’t fall
out of the foam
When I made the shapes for the tray I left a little wiggle room on the sides and to fill that gap I cut down
some more small pieces of foam
These were actually a little tough to cut at that small size
So I did a couple of different fittings and once I got one piece ready
I covered the back of it with some spray adhesive
and fit it into the side and pressed it in place with the screwdriver and this did two things it kept the tray centered but
Also gave it a nice friction fit
The outside faces were prefinished
But I added some spray lacquer to all the edges that I had sanded before then I printed out the final rails
We’re hoping foe
We ran out of filament
Eventually I did get both of the rails printed and then moved on to adding them to the box
I found the smallest screws that I had but they were still too long so first
I laid the rails in place and marked where the holes were gonna be I
pre-drilled these out to avoid splitting my box in half when I put in the screws I
Dropped the screws through the rail and held them in place so that I could mark how long they needed to be
For the first screw I held it with some pliers up against the belt sander and wore it down until it was the right length
Then I realized that since it was brass I could just use some nippers and cut it off
Since these didn’t have a tip anymore pre drilling those holes really helped get the screws started
The only thing that really matters here is that the screw heads are completely flush with the bottom
So they don’t scrape up the outside of the controller. I did the same thing for the other side, and then the rails were mounted
I’m super happy with how this thing turned out for a lot of different reasons
But one of the coolest things about it is that it’s actually multiple
Projects if you just needed a case for your games you can make a box like this
And it would work just fine if you wanted to make other sorts of crazy controllers
You can get these rails and attach them to anything you want, but in this case
It’s really great to have them both together
Have a really cool thing that you can hold and play on the couch
And I’m really happy that I was able to use the laser and a 3d printer plus some traditional tools
The files for the rails are gonna be linked down in the description
I would love it if you took them made them better use them
And I’d love to see what you make with them as well if you’re new to the channel
I’ve got lots and lots of other types of projects that you may be interested in some of them using regular woodworking tools and some
Using 3d printers and all that type of stuff be sure to check those out here and don’t forget to subscribe
That’s it for this one guys. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you next time
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