Hey all! I think I’m finally ready to get the ball rolling on my first custom :lovin:
I’ve ordered the following:
- 8 x OBSN-30 (Yellow)
- 3 x SDM-18 (White Plunger, Black Rim)
- 1 x JLF-TP-8YT (Yellow Balltop, GT-Y gate, harness & the flat mounting plate)
Still need to get:
- Wood (MDF)
- Project Box
- Wireless 360 PCB
I wanted to what I had in mind in case anyone more experienced might notice any issues I may run in to.
Here is my plan thus far:
I wanted to keep it simple since its my first attempt and the last time I worked with wood was 13 years ago in woodshop.
Instead of using blocks to mount the panel on I was thinking of carving out 1/2" of the 3/4" MDF like in the pic below:
I wanted to have the back/home/start buttons on top above the joystick meaning I’d have to cut out some of the panel support.
- If I was to remove the support on the top part of the box (the one with the dimension marked) would that compromise my build?
Looking at other panels I always see the button holes have 2 sizes to make room for the nut that threads onto each button. The process seem a little difficult for me and it looks like it requires some skill.
- Would routing out a chunk around all the buttons like in the pic below work just as good?
- Also, for the SDM-18 buttons above the joystick I was thinking of jut cutting a slot in the panel (18mm high, wide enough for 3 buttons) and just snapping the buttons to the acrylic cover (it should be thick enough). Can you see where this wouldn’t work?
I will have access to some good tools (table saw, router, etc.) thanks to my father inlaw’s garage and hopefully he’ll be able to lend a hand (fingers crossed).
I intend on getting the wood from my local Lowes (was going to go to Home Depot but they stopped selling the panel I was after last week) unfortunately it seems like they only sell huge panels (46"x97"ish).
- Will they cut sheet into more manageable pieces if I asked (or is it more of a store by store thing)? I had heard that Home depot stopped cutting MDF but don’t know about Lowes.
Here is the artwork I’ve decided to go with:
I did not draw the artwork, credit goes to an artist named Markovah ( original image). I just changed the colors and added some splatters etc.
From what I’ve gathered it needs to be 300DPI, CYMK color mode and to scale (3600x2250 pixels in my case) and print it on photo paper then just cut holes and sandwich between control panel & acrylic. Let me know if I’ve got this wrong
Thanks to 1esproc for the sketchup models & slagcoin for an awesome resource. Wouldn’t even attempt this if it wasn’t for the numerous members who posted guides and their work.
I’ll keep this thread updated with my journey and no doubt I’ll have more questions. Thanks all in advance and can’t wait to get my hands dirty :wgrin: