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Forum topic by magnus posted 11-30-2010 09:00 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2010 09:00 PM

Hello Folks!

I haven’t posted in here in a while, but I have an upcoming project that I need help with.

The Wife asked what I wanted for Xmas, and I showed her this.

In case the link doesn’t work – it’s a racing wheel and petals for PS3 or PC games.

What I thought would be really cool would be to build an enclosure and permanently mount the wheel and petals to some good ‘ol lumber! I’m looking for a design idea to build a relatively inexpensive enclosure to simulate the inside of a racing car. I am going to look for an old seat out of a sports car and mount that in there, but if that fails, I will just modify an office chair and put that in. The only dimension I could find on the wheel was that it had a 11” diameter. I guess you could ballpark the rest from that stat.

My idea is to have a 4 sided enclosure, with the bottom opened, as well as left side that would be pushed up against a wall.

the enclosure would be roughly square in shape with an LCD televison (32”) as the front windshield, and the ride side of the box would be roughly shaped like a car door, and actually be able to open up like a car door.

I would make the exterior out of cheap plywood, maybe 1/8” or 1/16” thickness, but maybe would like to sand and paint it as well. The “dashboard” would be maybe 2×6”, and the petals would be hard mounted to the bottom front on the inside (like a normal car).

i’m 5’10” tall, and I want just enough room to open the door and sit down.

If anyone has a design suggestion I would love to see it.

take care,


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#1 posted 12-01-2010 12:47 AM

I might have seem something similar on here sometime ago.. maybe a year or two .. not sure what to do a search for though..

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 01:09 AM

I think the nam was Gameconsol or the ultimativegameconsol or something simular
ultimative arcadeconsol, try to play with the words around the tipical words used to such things


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#3 posted 12-01-2010 03:52 AM

So plywood thickness wise, I think you mean 3/8” or 1/2”. With anything thinner, ie ¼”, I’ve found I need to either support the wood fairly well (ie: as a cabinet back), or curve it.

Design-wise, I’d build it around the seat. And build the parts to which the controls are attached a little beefy. I did simple controls for a helicopter simulator, and controlling a helicopter simulator requires a delicate touch, but people still managed to bend the ¼ threaded rod I used for my pedal hinges. If I did it again today I’d make sure that was supported on both sides.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 04:25 AM

thx for the replies… maybe 1/4” is what i meant.

I guess what i’m looking for is ideas on what joints to use, what thickness is sturdy enough, etc.
i’ll work on the design a little tomorrow and see if I can upload a drawing.

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