Any Information on HOW to Build a Joystick Case?


#1

Wondering if there’s a link/thread which shows you how to build your own arcade box from scratch.

I’d like to make my own custom box so this info would be pretty sweet.


#2

slagcoin.com


#3

You have been here for how long? Don’t you know that everything is found at slagcoin’s site

http://slagcoin.com/joystick/example2.html
http://slagcoin.com/joystick/example3.html

HF


#4

just use butt joints, strong wood glue, and brads. it’ll hold.


#5

lol in that case, duct tape is the solution to ALL problems!!


#6

I wish I had the tools to make a custom =(


#7

if you go to home depot they can cut all the wood for you. alls you really need is clamps, glue, dowels, and all the materials for painting or finishing.


#8

I don’t have the tools necessary either but like James123 said, there’s plenty of places which will do the cutting for you.

I just need some sort of detailed schematic or something so I can get an idea of all the different sizes of each piece of wood.


#9

i will draw you one up right now. how big do you want your surface area on the top of the box? when i made a custom i had the top panel the side of a piece of paper so the artwork would be easy to work with. it had 1/2" thick sides so it was 9.5"x12" for the surface area on the top.

tell me what type of button you want and how much surface area you want and i will make you the plans for a simple case.


#10

Wow that’d be sweet (I sense treachery afoot…)

“it had 1/2” thick sides so it was 9.5"x12" for the surface area on the top."

Sure, let’s go with those specs.

The button layout I’d like is a Vewlix without the 7th button on the top row.


#11

I suppose I can do that. I guess that makes a few more things to save up for.


#12

come over.
i have everything sans a table saw


#13

Aww snap. Maybe I should do a winter break project? haha


#14

you could probably put a box together with duct tape, too :smiley:

doesn’t matter how ya do it, so long as it works, right? :smiley:


#15

alright. this i just made in like… 10min very simple case design. it requires a 1/4" piece of lexan over the main control panel(notice the bottom panel and top panel are both 1/2"thick and the supporting posts are 2.4 3/4" long; add them up you get 3.4 3/4")

if you are confused like a mother fucker with the way i write my measurements im sorry…


#16

Or just use rabbit joints instead, assuming you have the right saw blades on your table saw, or use with a milling or router.


#17

you should also take a look at slagcoin’s idiot box


#18

This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot man!

Any chance you could post something that has the same sort of schematics for the top part? (Especially the dimension of the joystick ‘housing’)


#19

what do you mean? i dont really understand what you are asking for. if you want to know how you will be able to put a stick layout on the top panel you just print out the layout on a 8.5x11" piece of paper and make sure the buttons are the correct size.


#20

By the ‘joystick housing’ I meant this panel: http://drop.io/3n2q4y8# (From Slagcoins site) Is this panel even necessary or just optional? If I didn’t want to create this panel, would I just screw the joystick to the bottom of the joystick case?

Just wondering though where would I be able to buy a Lexan top for the stick? Would putting artwork for the stick be as easy as just putting artwork under this Lexan?