Hello everyone, long time listener first time caller here.
I’m putting together some plans to build a nice stick for myself finally. Being this is the first time I’ve built a stick, I’ve been looking around these forums quite a bit to try to find some ideas/guides/tips and anything else that might make my job any bit easier. There is a lot of really nice information on here on pretty much exactly what I need to know, but I’m still having trouble with a few things.
I’m making my case out of wood because I really dislike MDF (my family owns a furniture store so I’m quite familiar with all the pros and cons of the stuff) I haven’t decided what type yet, though I’m not too worried about that. My problem is with the height of the thing, and having enough room on the inside to make my joystick and buttons all fit.
The way I’m sort of figuring it is like this (total height of the case): 1/8inch or so countersunk plastic cover for the art I plan to use, 3/8inch or so for the top mounting surface, another 1/8inch or so for the bottom panel, and then the 2.25inches or so for my joytick on the inside. That adds up to almost 3inches (2.875) tall that this thing is going to be. Just looking through some pictures of sticks people on this board have built I can tell for sure that none of them are nearly that tall. A lot of 2-player ones are, but this is for a solo control. And holy crap, the Hori my roomate has is 1.5inches tall, the inside-half of my joystick has got to be longer than that. I just don’t get it.
So yeah, all the soldering and stuff I have no problem with, and the actual building I ought to be alright on, but I just can’t figure out how to make this thing so it won’t be awkwardly tall for a solo stick.