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Forum topic by Garoad posted 11-17-2011 06:00 AM 1737 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2011 06:00 AM

I’m attaching a diagram for a “plan” (so-called, aka the next thing I’m wasting time and money on) for a gaming joystick platform to mount onto a keyboard desk mount. The idea here is to create two stable wood “trays” to permanently mount on this keyboard mount (which is already installed).

These are the joysticks being mounted.

Now, the tricky thing is… I’m only a part time geek, so I need to be able to detach these joysticks from the keyboard bases easily for storage. To do this I’ve thought up a possibly-over-complicated plan using nylon paracord to tie the joysticks down, with a metal latch to secure the paracord. (The idea being that the pull-latch should firmly pull on the cord as it's locked.)

The cord & latch hook would be ‘permanently’ tied to the joysticks via the mounting holes on the joysticks, and would be stored with the sticks. Latch and wood platforms tuck under the desk for storage. The metal latches may or may not (I haven’t decided) be adjustable on the platform itself (by loosening the bolts securing them to the platform and sliding them either way down the notch labeled “L”). If I opt for the non-adjustable (i.e. much easier to make) latch mounting by permanently bolting them, I’d have to tie and re-tie the paracord over and over in an attempt to find the optimal cord length, so I’d like to avoid that if possible.

The diagram shows where the base of the joysticks will be placed, mounting holes at A, B, C, D. Green line is the paracord with the dashed portion underneath the mount. (I only showed one for simplicity, but the other side would have the same in reverse going from A & B to 2.)

So my questions are:
1) Is there a simpler/better way to create a secure mount from which I can very easily add/remove the sticks?
2) If this is good enough:
a) What tools and steps would you recommend for cutting out the notches and latch slot? I’m currently planning on drilling 6 holes and then using a jigsaw to extend the holes to the edges. For the latch slot (L) I’m not sure, possibly the same with a drill at the two ends to start off, and jigsaw to make the straight cuts. Is there a better way? I have a table saw but I don’t see it being useful here. I have no problem buying anything to make this easy as long as it’s not wood-shop only stuff.

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 06:04 AM

Of course, don’t worry about suggesting an alternative plan/idea that might not work – this is totally experimental and for all I know won’t work at all. Until I try it, there’s no way to know whether this cord can be tightened sufficiently to hold down the joysticks securely enough. So I may need a plan B!

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