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I figured I’d post this even though it’s more of an entertainment project.
But it’s made out of wood. :D

It’s a custom arcade stick for PC, PS3 and PS2 use. The buttons and balltop light up. You can see a video of it in action here. The wiring took a few evenings because I was being pretty tedious with it.

As for construction, it’s made of black walnut with loose tenon construction:

The control panel is made of 1/2” baltic birch plywood painted flat black. The plexi overlay sits on top. It stays in place because the buttons use plastic nuts to hold them in place, plus the plexi fits snugly. The bottom is 2 layers of 1/8” plexi, the bottom being transparent red and the artwork sandwiched between. Brass threaded inserts with rubber footed machine screws hold it in place.

The jig I made to make the loose tenons I’ll post a pic of when I get back down to the shop, but it’s pretty simple and works reliably. I use the corner jig I posted earlier to make the corners of the plexi and control panel match the radius of the rabbet, which I cut with a 3/4” flush trim bit that has a 1/2” bearing so it gives me a perfect 1/8” lip and 3/8” radius corner.

For the finish I used two coats of Zinsser SealCoat followed by 5 coats on Crystalac 2001. I sanded with 320 after the two coats of SealCoat and after the first two coats of Crystalac with 400. I sprayed the finish on with this gem of a gun. I’ll be posting a review of it soon.

I build and sell these cases (called SimpleCases) to support my power tool and video game addictions. ;P

I have a few ideas for some more arcade sticks I’d like to build. I have another slimmer case of the same design that I need to populate with parts. Also I’m working on a matte black painted maple case too.
I see some MAME projects here; one day I’ll get a full arcade cabinet built. I think pretty soon though, I’ll be making a nice two player case.

Here’s some more pics:

Thanks for looking! :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1009 days ago

I know nothing about the gaming aspect, but the woodworking is beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Tim Christensen

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#2 posted 1009 days ago

That is so cool!! Where do you get the electronic components?

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 1009 days ago

Thanks guys!
For the joystick and buttons, I get them from focusattack or lizardlick.
The controller board, led controller and led button inserts all come from here. All three are great places to do business with.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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muleskinner

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#4 posted 1009 days ago

That will be so much more handsome sitting on the entertainment center than the plastic original equipment. I like that idea.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 1009 days ago

Yeah I’m not partial to the store bought sticks because they’re not the most attractive things too look at, they’re too big for my preference, and most importantly, they use 8 face buttons instead of 6. I can’t stand 8 button sticks…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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muleskinner

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#6 posted 1009 days ago

I wouldn’t recognize one controller from another but it’s easy to recognize a handsome piece of workmanship.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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shopsmithpoppi

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#7 posted 1008 days ago

I love it! Great job hope you enjoy your gaming from now on. But I think you will find you have created a monster. I say this because i am sure you will now be bombarded with requests from your friends and their friends for one of their own. Perhaps you just found a niche for a new start up business of your own.

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 1008 days ago

Thanks! Yeah, it’s much better than playing fighting games on pad. The parts I’m using are authentic parts used in japanese arcades; they feel great.

There actually are a community of builders, some do amazing work.

I try to keep my cases simple and functional (where the SimpleCase name comes from). I do build and sell these cases. They support my power tool and video game hobbies/addictions. :D

That one is my standard design, but I’ve built larger cases. For example, the wide body case below is pretty popular (right click and view image since photobucket’s resizing doesn’t seem to be working properly…).

Next year I plan to expand and finish up the website I’m working on.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Luke

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#9 posted 894 days ago

Very nice. Like the wiring a lot and the prints for the top/bottom too.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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