Selfmade Wooden Handheld Console
So I just finished this wooden handheld retro console as a birthday present for a friend of mine. Would love to hear, what you think!
- Raspberry Pi 3B+
- MPI3508 3.5'' HDMI LCD Display
- 5000 mAh Li-Po Battery + Charger (with battery status indicator)
- DualShock-like USB gamepad
I started by designing the overall shape of the console in Blender. Most of the pieces were cut by hand out of plywood and glued together. The front plate is screwed on top of the main part so it fixes the buttons that loosely sit on the circuit board of the gamepad. Big thanks to my brother who let me use his laser cutter to cut the button covers as well as the RetroPie-Logo! The D-Pad and ABXY buttons are made of beech wood, which gives them a solid yet smooth feel and visually separates them from the lighter plywood front plate. The sides and the back of the hand grip were sanded pretty strongly to fit comfortably in ones palms.
The LCD display suffers from poor viewing angles (let me know if there are better displays for the raspberry pi in that size) but does its job at displaying 60Hz at a sufficient resolution (480x320). The battery lasts around 4 hours for N64 (3D) games and can be charged while playing.
I had a lot of fun building this and hope my friend will enjoy playing. Also I'd like to do similar projects in the future. Please feel free to ask any questions or give feedback on my build.
Are you thinking of putting a finish on it or are you going for the raw material vibe?
Clyde last edited by
@zer0divider I envy your friend with all of my heart.
VictimRLSH last edited by
If you have a viewing angle problem, try the Pimoroni Hyperpixel 4". IMHO the best small display for the Pi ever.
@herb_fargus thanks, I might put some light wood finish on it for protection but want to keep the overall raw look.
@VictimRLSH Thank you, this seems to be exactly what I've been looking for!
@Clyde I kinda wanna keep it for myself :D ...gonna have to build another one