Old fashioned Video Game (Super Mario Bros)

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Project by souichiro posted 12-27-2010 06:48 PM 5232 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the biggest Christmas project this year. I really wanted to make something fun for my oldest boys, and they are really into playing with action figures and Super Mario Bros. So I had this idea to make a bock set with a Super Mario feel to it. Then it sort of grew into a full “build a level” type of play set. The pieces are made of maple, and the details are carved. My hope is that way they will survive many years of play, and the paint will remain enough in the details to hold the cartoon-ish look. Anyway, they really liked it, and have already build some levels that take up half of the living room! :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 06:59 PM

As a fellow Super Mario Bros. player, I approve :). It must have taken a lot of work to get all that shaped and painted. Now I want to see some intarsia Mario scenes with the natural wood colors making up the segments.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:04 PM

what a great way to show your love
and play too

these are whimsical
and fun

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 07:15 PM

What an awesome concept! It looks great, I bet they will have a lot of fun with that for a good while.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 07:38 PM

Blocks with high interest appeal! Great idea. Blocks are so much better than video games! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 08:09 PM

This is just awesome! This is the most creative wood project I have seen. You did a fantastic job on the painting and detail. You should send some pics of this into Neintendo magazine if they still make it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 08:31 PM

WOW – this is fascinating! All the details in painting are well done, and make this whole project really shine.

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 10:24 PM

awesome – what a fun toy and a great gift.

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 10:34 PM

Aren’t you the one that did the creative take on the construction vehicles, too ??

Amazing ! The kind of great woodworking project that just makes people smile :-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 10:57 PM

Amazing work. You have captured the essence of the game!
Time to do a Wii game :D


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#10 posted 12-27-2010 11:49 PM

GREAT paint job!!!

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 01:00 AM

What a great idea mixing the two – old fashion blocks with new comp games.
That will certainly get the boys into thinking mode!
you did a great job on the painting too.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 02:56 AM

great work it looks like it came from the video game everything is perfect.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 05:12 AM

This is really cool! I love the whole set. They look wonderful and I am sure they will be a favorite for a long, long time. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 05:40 AM

Very impressive looking set. You did a great job on them. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 12-28-2010 06:11 AM

Thanks so much for all of the kind words everyone. :) These have been very popular in our house so far, and we even had to find their own “bin” to keep them in. I’ll probably need to put together a small box too. I am really into the feel of wooden toys, and I think that simple toys bring out the imaginations in our children. Something that we tend to lose in my generation with so much disposable entertainment. This seemed very generation appropriate for my boys, but still keeps it “real”. :) As always, you are all too kind :)

Back to the shop for me!

-- Dale, Oregon

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