Builder's Log | Three hardwood cases

With the latest threads on stick builds I thought that I’d do one of mine as well. This stick is for Vildiil and it is currently in progress. This is going to be a dual system pad for Playstation and Xbox 360. Here is a pic of the parts that will be installed.

GameStop 360 pad
Sony PS1 DualShock pad
6 Seimitsu 30mm buttons
3 Seimitsu 24mm buttons
Sanwa JLF joystick

The wood that Villdil chose is Jatoba also called Brazilian Cherry. Here is a pic of the rough boards with a test coat of Tung Oil to show the color. They will be milled down to make the sides of the case. The case design will be one of my unique angled sides. I’ll have more pics in the next day or two as the wood is processed.

Ooh sweetness, I can’t wait to see this.

There should be a whole new generation of Builder’s Log Threads from now on… This is going to be grreeaattt…

I get some of my wood straight from the lumber mill. This is an example of how rough the cuts can be.

So the first thing that must be done is to make sure that the boards are flat and true.

After the boards have been prepared it is time to cut them. Here is a shot from the ends to show the slight angle I use in my cases. This makes the mitered corners real tough to get right.

Finally there are times when a board doesn’t make the cut. This one had an inclusion that I didn’t find until after the board was cut. This one will be cut into smaller pieces for joystick tops.

Next update will be assembly of the sides of the case.


Nice :slight_smile: hey Katrim, will you do a log for my stick aswell ? :smiley:

subscribed :wow:

tmo started a fad man!

im liking that wood you chose to show us.

I had no idea the “builder’s log” idea would be so well received. I will be subscribing for sure.

Kaytrim, I like seeing the wood prior to milling it down. I am also excited to see how you utilize the two pcb’s.

Timoe, I figured that I’d show some of the pitfalls that can set back a build. This one has shown a few from the git go. There are also several possible stumbles along the way with the dual pad system.

R-Jive, Sure I’ll do a log of your stick too. That will be a real complex and fun build.

Nighters all,

:u: You’re just like TMO: talking too much and not showing nearly enough pictures. :bluu:

But seriously, I’m excited. These kinds of threads help me get off my butt and make sticks. :woot:

Pics only do so much. You got to have words to help the viewer understand what they are looking at. Don’t worry BP there will be more pics but it will take some time, this is a work in progress.

I am glad to see the interest in this thread and I will do my best to give you some good information. However I am not going to share all of my secrets. :wgrin: For example the angles of the sides and the compound miter cuts will not be given.


i like these stick logs

keep em coming guys

Holy crap! Another one to subscribe to. Thank you all for posting these types of threads.

woo woo! The Sultan of Sticks, King of Construction, Lord of the Lathe, Beast from da East, Kaytrim, is gonna drop some knowledge on us! :woot:

Now that Kaytrim and Timoe have their own stick logs all we need is Opi to make a, “how to remove street signs” FAQ and guide.

Great very great… i love it this will be very interesting from now on!

Keep us posted xD


Sure, you want information about I guide “how to remove street signs”:wgrin:

Yes but you must take photos of the process during perpetration. :amazed:

Me too, good work Kaytrim.

Cant wait to see how mah stick comes out!

Time for an overdue update.

After the boards are milled to the proper thickness they are taken to the table saw. There they get cut down to the desired width including the slight angle I put on them. Next the boards get mitered at the ends on the compound miter saw.

Once all the boards are mitered then we glue them up. Here is a pic of the first corner being glued and clamped. These miter clamps have sharp points in them and will mar the surface of the wood if I didn’t put these small pieces of hardboard clamped in place with these strong spring clamps.

I am not too worried about any squeeze out of the glue at this stage because it will get scraped or sanded off in a later stage. Here is a pic of the case all glued and clamped.

The saying goes one can never have enough clamps. Here you can see a close up of the miter clamps. The ones on the top and bottom I am not worried about marring the surface because the edges will get rounded over by a router.

Next update will cover the rounding of the edges and drilling the holes for the side buttons.