Side: Link to my flickr with pics of other custom sticks/mods: http://tinyurl.com/reyalspic
Day 1 of my 2nd stick has started. Still unsure on color, final design, and what systems I’ll be making this for but I’ll keep posting my progress from assembly to painting, to convincing the Kinko guy to print my art, and wiring.
All the pieces laid out.
Sides/Back/Front glued together using wood glue and clamped together tightly. This should be sturdy enough to withstand a fair amount of abuse that a Japanese style stick would take. If I was making an American style stick I’d probably screw the pieces in as-well as glue them together.
Picture of the glue I used. This glue has served me well for years…
Actually I probably should have fitted the top before gluing and clamping down the sides. Luckily I managed to force the top piece in. I placed some glue around the areas where the top board would fit and forced it in, this way the glue would be forced down along with the board. Seemed sturdy enough but I decided to use the clamps once again to ensure everything was tight.
A look at the inside from the bottom. I decided to line the areas where pieces connected with glue just to be safe. The glue on the outside of the box was wiped off and kept clean but I decided to create a layer of glue on the inside edges.
The screws and nuts I’ll be using to mount the JLF mounting plate.
Taking things slow for now. Thinking of adding 24mm buttons on the front. One for sync, one for Guide or Home. Thought about placing it in the back but in the event I have the stick against something I don’t want to accidentally activate a button.
Thinking of not screwing in the bottom panel and using latches to attach it so I can pull it off and put it back in quickly. If I decided to use a Cthulu board I would be able to store the extra cables (PS2, Xbox, GC) inside the case. I would also need to figure out where to mount the barrier strip (thinking the side near the button or the back panel) and where to mount the Cthulu board.
Next order of business? Deciding on color and art. Looking for suggestions on primer, paint type (considering there are spots in the front that are hard to get to, spray paint may not work. I may have to use a brush to get into the little corners. Thinking black or white for the case and really waxing it down. Any suggestions, pointers, etc would be greatly appreciated since my biggest weakness right now is painting my cases (never looks as good as I want it to). Not Norris caliber paint/wax jobs for sure.
The last stick of this design I made back in 2006 which I ended up selling to a friend.