Hi, I’m Sinfolmatt.
I am currently trying to build a 2 player custom arcade stick to plug into pc so I can emulate old arcade games. Once I have that working, I think I am going to put a Raspberry Pi inside to emulate the games and basically have a portable 2 player arcade cabinet that can plug into any tv.
I read slagcoin multiple times and decided to try to build something like the idiot box on there. Only power tool I have is a drill (not even using a rotary saw) so the process started by buying wood from home depot and asking them to cut it for me there. They are not as precise when cutting so the edges are not all evenly lined up but I am ok with that. Safer than me using a power saw or anything like that.
I forgot to take a picture of everything before I started working, sorry.
Here is the first pic which was right after attaching the top to the sides.
Afterwards I added a 1/4 border to the top so I could add another layer of wood and then plexiglass so it can protect any artwork I want to add.
Home depot would not cut the plexiglass so I had to do that myself. Cutting plastic sucks. First piece got completely messed up. Second attempt was better but still didn’t crack perfectly on one edge.
After layering on the additional wood and plexiglass I began the process of drilling holes for the buttons and joysticks.
Made a huge freaking mess in the process
And this is where I am currently at. Cracked the right side of plexiglass. Working with plastic really sucks, but I think it will look OK once everything is painted and stuff.
Now I need to make some wider holes in the bottom layer of wood, then sand and paint, and after that add the joysticks and buttons. I ordered the joysticks and buttons today. Will update this with more progress as it happens.
For the bottom layer I am trying to figure out the dimensions of the stick to make sure it will mount properly. I found the following two images which look to be dimensions of the stick and mounting plate on focusattack.com
Has anyone who has already built a stick before used these? The numbers are for millimeters correct? So if I print to the right size, with everything measuring to the same millimeters I could use this to outline where I need to drill right? I want to get the drilling and painting done before the parts arrive if possible because I just got hired for a job and want this done before I start work.