Curly Maple Joystick

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Project by Kaytrim posted 2188 days ago 1985 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project that I had fun working with. This was built for a customer to work on his Playstation 2 console game system. The joystick and buttons are real arcade controls and are connected to a Playstation game pad. All the buttons have a shop cut veener inserted and the joystick top and dust cover were turned on my Jet mini lathe.

The only part that I am not happy with is that one corner did not meet up properly so there is a nice ugly black line there. I used a tung oil for the finish after sanding through 12000 micromesh.

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#1 posted 2188 days ago

isn’t it funny how we can always make three perfect miters ? LOL …great job and certainly unique : )

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#2 posted 2188 days ago

Now you just need to do a wood case-mod for the PS2 and he’ll be all set! Nice work!

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#3 posted 2188 days ago

Nice looking control. If we made them triangular there would be one less corner to worry about… but then would it be the last corner that gives us grief? LOL…well it was funny(to me?) when I wrote it :-)

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#4 posted 2187 days ago

Very nice

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#5 posted 2187 days ago

I am currently working on a set of shooting boards to make this miter problem a thing of the past. I’ll post a project on them when I am finished.

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#6 posted 2185 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 1759 days ago

Your wood will move in the opposite direction of the grain on that top (unless it’s plywood) and further complicate those miters. Just a point of notice. Really cool. My brother plays street fighter 4 on one similar to your pad with the picture on it. Sweet.

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#8 posted 1759 days ago

looks great

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