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Hi, this is my first post here. I’ve recently got into Street Fighter 3rd Strike, and will eventually get SF4 for pc when it comes out. Currently I’ve been using the ps2 controller, but after seeing many awesome homemade arcade sticks here I’ve decided I may try and build one myself. I’ve been reading a lot of websites about how to make one, but I’d appreciate your guys help on seeing if my plans would work out. Thanks!
I made a top down view and side view (side facing you if you were playing) diagram in photoshop. It is not to scale or anything, although I did add in a few measurements. I would like to know if these look like they would work with the parts I am ordering and the overall structure will be stable. One last note. I do not have a router I plan to do most everything with a jigsaw and a hole saw bit for a drill for big holes (30mm etc). Anyways here’s the diagrams. I will try and explain below some things about them.
Top down view :
Again this is not to scale. All of the black area’s represent the wood which will be a 1/2 inch thick. The total length and width is 14"x10", which means the top plexiglass (you will see below) will be 13"x9". I think this will equate to enough room as I have seen a few similar looking models.
A couple questions for you are:
If I was to glue those half inch pieces of wood to the sides (you can see them in the corners and half way points) would that provide enough stability to mount the control panel onto? I’ve heard that wood glue is actually stronger than the wood itself, so I think it should work.
On the right side there are two buttons that are supposed to represent screw in style 24mm buttons on the side (start and select). Something similar to this (I may end up buying) http://lizardlick.com/images/for_sale/pushbuttons/ps_14_gn_wc.jpg I do not think those will allow enough room to be screwed tight to a 1/2 inch board, am I right? I may need to do something like this? http://www.lizardlickamusements.com/images/for_sale/pushbuttons/horz_pb_%20007.jpg
The position of those 2 buttons isn’t final. They may need to be moved down to not interfere with the 6 buttons on top. I just placed them there for now though. When it comes to the actual build I will analyze it more.
Side View (side facing you while playing) :
A few questions for you are:
- As you can see I’ll be doing the top mounting for a Sanwa JLF. Since I have no router I decided I may be able to bypass that by making a hole in the original control panel (1/2") and glueing ontop of that a 1/8" piece of wood with more cut out so it can mount to the control panel, and the metal mount won’t stick out, or rather will be flush. I’m not sure they even sell wood that thin :looney: I’m not a wood worker, perhaps if not I could use some sort of thin plastic.
So if the plate is mounted on the control panel, it will be 1/4" away from the top of the plexi glass (according to the diagram). Is this to much space? I know it needs a certain amount to move freely, although I’m not sure exactly what that is.
4.Does anyone know how much space I have to work with on a Sanwa JLF TP 8T from the base of the mounting plate to the bottom of the whole unit? I think I read somewhere that 1.75" is enough. Although I’d like to have a solid number before actually ordering it and measuring myself.
- I’m going to be drilling using a hole saw, and the top will be either plexiglass or lexan, I’m unsure which is easiest to drill through without cracking or chipping. Side note I think may be self explanatory, the image i print will be between the two 1/8" sheets.
Sorry for taking up this big post, but I hope that it is easy to follow. I’ve tried to organize it to bold numbered questions, reply to the numbers if you want, or what ever you would like. I am looking for any opinions!