DIY Zelda Treasure Chest With Sound Effects

April 5, 2011


Want to make your own Zelda treasure chest complete with 'opening' sound effect? Well now you can, provided you're still in your parents' good graces and one of them agrees to supervise so you don't wind up supergluing your genitals to a kitchen stool again. A list of supplies:

1/4" Pine plywood. You can use whatever type of wood you want, but pine looks nice and is relatively cheap.

You'll need enough wood to cut out the following pieces:

Two 5.5" x 10.5" pieces
One 8" x 10.5" base piece
Two 8.5 x 5.5" pieces
Five 2 7/16" x 11" slats

Also you will need two 6 sided half a decagon pieces. This sounds confusing but I've included a template to cut these pieces out. Print the template out and cut the pieces to be 8" wide at the base.

You'll also need:

Wood glue
Black poster board
A cheap mp3 player
Treasure chest opening mp3
Soldering iron
Solder and flux
Some small gauge wire (20 or 22 gauge will work)
SPDT lever switch from radio shack
Small audio amp. I used a cheap ipod speaker amp from the pharmacy.
Enough Black felt to line the inside of the chest, about eight 8 1/2" x 11" sheets.
150 black furniture nails.
Long straight edge
A couple black sharpie markers.
Hot glue gun
Super glue
Minwax Red Oak woodstain
Brush to apply stain with
Pliers or wire cutters
A couple of hinges.
Furniture clamps
A means to cut your wood.

Wow, a functional Zelda treasure chest has never seemed further from my grasp. Time for Plan B: go without.

Hit the jump for a super-short video of the box in action.


Legend of Zelda Treasure chest with sound!

Thanks to Zachariah, who agrees the 'duh-duh-DUH-DUH!' at the end is where it's at.

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