Start reading. I’ve come to learn this place is great if you have specific questions but no one is just going to lay it out for you. Be sure to check out the pad hacking thread too. Slag coin’s website is probably the best thing you are going to find but you are going to have to spend some time learning how to do everything. http://slagcoin.com/joystick.html
get a miterbox to cut wood, a hole saw to cut holes, acrylic if you want nice artwork and stuff. you’ll need a pcb from a controller for w/e system you intend to use your stick on. a soldering iron and wire to solder stuff up. and buttons. slagcoin even has detailed builds that are practically step by step tutorials or “A-Z” tutorials. but it will take time to digest. i read and reread and reread slagcoin’s for about a week before i even attempted my first build.
Slagcoin’s site is definitely a good place to start but it by no means has everything depending on what you want to do. And it’s all about being creative so have some fun learning and then give it a shot.
definitely have to agree with myndflyte, you really don’t want to have something that looks like everyone elses. but if you really need an A-Z guide, that’s the best i’ve seen. the thing is, all the wood/parts/etc that he used might not be available to you at reasonable prices so it’s best to go with what you can find and design based on that.
Dude just about every wuestion that could’ve been asked has been answered here or on slagcoins’s site you just need to look. I don think anybody wants to hold your hand and walk you through the process.