Zelda Fan Builds Tuneful Treasure Chest

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Storage becomes a lot more interesting when it incorporates videogame sound effects.

Sculptor and Nintendo fan Zachariah Perry Cruse has constructed a treasure chest that plays the “chest opening tune” from the Legend of Zelda every time the lid is opened. What’s more, he’s put together step-by-step instructions on people can build one for themselves.

Cruse built the chest out of pine plywood, using woodstain to get the color right, and poster board and furniture nails for the details. The construction is surprisingly simple, with everything held together with glue, and a sharpie pen used to make it look like it’s made of more pieces of wood than it really is. The distinctive melody is contained on an MP3 player, with a switch that triggers when the lid is opened. Cruse suggests that nothing else be on the player other than the song itself.

Using Cruse’s instructions as a guideline, it seems like it would be a fairly simply affair tweak the design and make a chest straight out of your favorite Zelda game. With a different colored woodstain and some gold trim, you could make the chests from A Link to the Past, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could try and replicate the multicolored spiked chests from Wind Waker. As a Zelda fan myself, I’m rather tempted to make a chest of my own. I’d have to keep something special in though, partially to reflect all the effort I’d put in, and partially because if it plays the song every time the lid is opened, it’s not something I’d necessarily want to be diving into all the time.

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