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I built my first arcade stick

by bmoc Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:01 pm

I think it turned out alright. Sorry for the crappy mobile phone shots and bad lighting - it looks much nicer in person. I made it out of hickory and gave it a natural finish. Astro City button layout.

Parts:
Crown 303-FK joystick
MC Cthulthu PCB
Push In PCB Feet
Seimitsu PS-14-GN 30mm buttons
Switchcraft RJ45 Connector
90 Degree Stop Piano Hinges

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Construction process:
My dad owns a cabinet shop so he helped with the initial construction. His planer was particularly useful since my screw-on buttons would not work with 3/4" wood.
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I couldn't find any metric drill bits locally so I had to order them online. That held me up almost a week because I ordered them the Friday before Columbus Day.
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Here is a comparison of the natural finish and an unfinished scrap piece.
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I also had to chisel/file out the recess for the piano hinges. If I were doing this again, I'd use a band saw before putting the box together. The chisel and file worked out in the end though, it just took a while.
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by the7k Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:07 pm

Good stuff, man. I need to make some arcade sticks myself. (Really wanna make some Saturn arcade sticks.)
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by 8bit Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:43 pm

Wow! That looks super nice! I really like the bat stick choice. Great job! What system(s) does it work with?
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by bmoc Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:50 pm

The Cthulhu PCB works with

PS3
PS2
PSX
PC
Gamecube
Wii through Gamecube controller support
Original Xbox
Dreamcast
Sega Saturn
TurboGrafx-16/PC-Engine
NES/Famicom
SNES/Super Famicom

It can also be modded to work with Xbox 360. I am pretty sure I have seen mention of people using with NeoGeo though I am not sure how they managed it just yet (I also don't have anything NeoGeo so it isn't a big deal to me at the moment). I am told that you can also get Genesis/Master system support using an adapter like this along with a PS1/PS2 cable: http://www.tototek.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=23&products_id=54
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by dsheinem Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:58 pm

awesome! i dig it 8)
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by TSTR Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:04 pm

Good stuff!
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by noiseredux Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:08 pm

Really slick!
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by jeffro11 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:31 pm

Good job it looks really nicely finished!
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by mjmjr25 Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:45 pm

Great job, bmoc. Super clean wiring.

What did you use for your finish?
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Re: I built my first arcade stick

by bmoc Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:49 pm

Just polyurethane. Four coats on the top. Three on everything else. I accept that I may have to sand down the top and refinish every few years if it gets super discolored from use.
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