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Project by Kaytrim posted 2159 days ago 2169 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is one that I had intended on keeping for myself. However I ended up trading this for some nice wood for more projects. The sides of the case have a slight slope to them compounding the mitered corners. Getting the angles on this took several trial cuts that I did using MDF before committing to the lacewood. This returned a surprise bonus in the corner with the grain pattern after routing with a 1/2” round over bit. The rays have a little upswing to them and I lucked out in getting this in all four corners.

The controls are real arcade joystick and buttons with handmade wood accents. The top is 1/8” shop made veneers laminated to a sandpaper substrate then screwed into place on the 4 corners with a 1/2” MDF support. The lacewood was finished using several coats of tung oil.

Thanks for viewing and you comments.





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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 2159 days ago

An interesting application of lacewood. Nicely done.

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Roper

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#2 posted 2159 days ago

very cool.

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Zuki

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#3 posted 2159 days ago

Neat. is it a pc joy stick or gaming system?

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Texasgaloot

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#4 posted 2159 days ago

Very creative! Looks like you found a niche!

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mcoyfrog

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#5 posted 2159 days ago

Yah way cool, great little niche

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Karson

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#6 posted 2159 days ago

Nice job. A neat idea.

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scottb

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#7 posted 2159 days ago

awesome

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Tony Z

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#8 posted 2159 days ago

Very cool. Where did you get the parts?

-- Tony, Ohio

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Kaytrim

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#9 posted 2159 days ago

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback.

Tony, I got the parts from LizardLick.com. The joystick is a Sanwa JLF and the buttons are Seimitsu PS-14-KN for the top and the side buttons are PS-14-D with a clear plunger.

Zuki, This paticular stick was built for the PC and included a USB hub that the controller and a USB Memory key were attached. The memory key stores a few choice fighter style games. The controller came from GroovyGameGear.com. I also had to do a bit of configuration to the software so everything is plug and play.

TTFN
Michael

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dmann

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#10 posted 2158 days ago

Very nice!

Looks much better than the last joystick I built from scratch – it was crammed inside a cheapie Radio Shack blue project box.

You have brought the joystick to a new level!

—Dave

-- David / Durham, NC

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Kaytrim

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#11 posted 2158 days ago

Thanks dmann, though I think that my work is only middle of the road. There are a few builders that have taken it to an art form. The number one builder in my book is a guy that goes by the name of Byrdo. Be warned that some of the artwork on his cases is NSFW.

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Callum Kendall

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#12 posted 2156 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Eric_S

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#13 posted 1409 days ago

I love it! Nice!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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