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Regina man builds larger-than-life retro-themed furniture
Mercedes Redman and Christeen Jesse, CTV Regina
Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:53PM CST
By trade, Jeremy Rieger is a carpenter. But the Regina man is producing a different product than any other local contractor.
Rieger builds life-sized Nintendo console coffee tables. The tables are exact replicas of the original Nintendo Entertainment System console – featuring everything from a pull out drawer to power buttons to console plug ins.
"It’s a piece of pop culture history and people love it,” said Rieger.
He doesn’t classify himself as a gamer, but Rieger says he grew up playing the classic NES video games.
"As a kid, I had a Nintendo. I played it non-stop. My mom had to kick me off it constantly.”
Inside his garage, Rieger has created a workshop where the creative juices flow. The first time he made a table, Rieger took the measurements of a Nintendo console and scaled it up. The result is an uncanny resemblance to the original.
“I scaled it up four times. The original is ten and a quarter inch. This one, is 41 inches long”
Rieger then cut templates out of MDF board and uses a router to carve in the iconic buttons and vents. The assembled consoles are then hand painted and ready for sale. But selling the tables, wasn’t always the goal.
When Rieger completed his first table, he posted it on his personal Facebook page.
"I was getting Facebook messages from people in the UK asking how much to ship it there," Rieger said. "So far I have a 100 per cent sales rate. Everyone who has stepped in here to see one has bought one. "
Rieger has also crafted a Nintendo controller side table to go along with the console coffee table. In addition, he creates coffee tables that resemble cassette tapes and Lego bedroom furniture.
His experience as a carpenter began in his teenage years, and Rieger has been working in the trades since.
“I remember being on top of a roof in November, freezing, shingling a 1600 square foot house,” Rieger told CTV. “I remember thinking 'how did I get here?' There’s got to be a funner way to make a buck.”
And it turns out there was. Rieger says he has sold every table he’s made, but plans to keep his business small – with the focus, on evoking nostalgia.
"People will come in here, they will see it, and their eyes will light up. They will take selfies with it and start laughing. It’s really rewarding”