is the machine going to be 2 player on one side, or 1 player per side?
originally I was thinking of doing something similar (along with rotating sticks, so you can rotate it around anyway you like, so even if you’re next to a big 400 lbs man, simply rotating the stick 15 degrees gives you room to play and not worry about not finding your corners).
The obvious solution is to make it one height and get an adjustable bar stool. But thats side stepping the issue.
One possible solution though is to get something like a base for a drill press. Drill Presses (at least the ones that I’ve worked on) have a metal shaft thats threaded, and an actual work station thats connected to the metal shalf, so you can use a hand wheel to move the work station up and down.
The smith machine idea is kinda neat, I imagine that it would work similarly (in function) to say installing drawers on a cabinet. Like say you have a wooden case (back, bottom, 2 sides but no front or top). you can install drawer rails on the inside of the sides. And attach the other part of the rails (that would work with the already installed rails) to the control panel. and if you want to make it higher, slide out the control panel, lift it up a few rails and put it back in.
However for this to work the control panel can’t weight too much.
For all of the hot moddable features we could put into the cab, you have to ask yourself “who is going to be playing this the majority of the time?”. If its you and only occassionally having someone else over then set it up to how you want it because once you have it at the height that you like you probably aren’t going to be changing it, so then whats the point of putting in all these designs that won’t be used.
If you’re gonna have a lot of friends over all the time then maybe it’d be worth while to try and do this, but if thats the case, which ever solution you attempt to do had better be quick to impilement, case I doubt that they’d want to stick around 5 minutes between matches for you to adjust the height everytime someone else plays and wants to play it at a different height.