Building a custom arcade stick


#1

no this isnt a scrub thread about what is a sanwa and all that

im asking this question to all stick makers

what tools do you suggest for the job?

im current only with a sander and a jigsaw =\ and i need to start purchasing my own tools and im interested on what tools and brands i need/should get?
perferably cheaply priced and or an multitasking one.

(this applies to wood building only, not electrical)

all i know so far is i need a router.

suggestions and tips?


#2

As far as soldering and electronics tools go, you could go pick up a 15-30 watt soldering iron in a kit from Radio Shack for just a few bucks. Then buy some electronics solder and some wire, with just about any 'ol set of wire strippers/clippers.


#3

ah i didnt catch that im good on the soldering valpulus although i need some strippers/crimpers.
thanks anyways


#4

dude i have a table saw
hit me up we can build some shit

can you hack pads?


#5

i need a better wire stripper T_T


#6

yeah table saw is definetely a good thing. straight cuts and it is fast. i used this too for my stick. without it, cutting wood become “work”.

good drilling tools are also a useful investment. cheap drill bits are no good.


#7

I make my girlfriend build the cases, because she has access to a woodshop through school and she’s actually pretty damn good at that stuff. I, however, would remove my own thumb.


#8

i take it she wears the pants in the relationship?


#9

you don’t need a router. THere are other ways to mount sanwa parts without a router. I would suggest you not get one right away (they are nice tools though).

Get yourself a miterbox, a backsaw (for the miter box), some sandpaper and wood glue and you’re pretty much good to go.


#10

The woodworking gene skips a generation. My dad is an excellent carpenter. Playing with wood is not one of my hobbies.


#11

experience, the most recommended tool ever!! :lol:

btw I recommend getting sum small clamps,

I effed up a good piece of lexan coz I couldnt cut it straight…

clamp a ruler down on it and make those cuts!!!


#12

sweet yea i wanted to start making sticks though possibly selling them
i can hack pads for you dood no sweat:wgrin:

what bits do you recommend?

good idea but thats alotta arm work…i’ve cut two pieces (for the stick im making) and it took 2 days…a table saw can do that in 15 minutes
imma layaway a table saw

also can i get suggestions on brands? like is ryobi crap? and shit like that
thanks alot for the info so far guys


#13

Well, Ryobi works I suppose…but yeah it pretty much IS crap compared to the good brands. Good brands are DeWalt, Makita, Bosch. But they are also more expensive than Ryobi.


#14

aww dude lets start this shit up then

pm me