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4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod)



  • Just finished my second build (after this): a 4-way DIY arcade stick.

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    The enclosure is a modded UPPSKATTNING; a new IKEA bread bin.
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    After various searches for real 4-way joysticks I decided to use a Happ “ms. pacman/ Galaga reunion” replica stick.

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    The main challenge was that this joystick is meant for mounting on metal control panels (= very thin panel compared to wood) as the shaft is really short compared to standard joysticks.
    To mount it on the wood lid I carefully routed it, leaving just a few mm. Luckily the birch wood is quite sturdy.

    Buttons are Happ too; the usb controller is the inexpensive, but effective, usual Dragonrise zero delay.

    Finally I can play arcade classics like Pengo, Pac-Man, Burger Time with the required precision.
    It really brings the original play feeling back !

    Below some more pics.
    Will probably make a tutorial on how to build it.



  • I'm also making a wooden arcade stick now as you post this. Though I'm making it from pieces instead of a prebuilt enclosure.
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  • @lilbud Looks interesting.
    Saw that IKEA bin in the shop and found it really had the right length and width. Of course quite amount of modding is required; starting from significantly lowering the height.

    Routed Lid:
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    Final with gloss top coat:
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    Inside:
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  • @udb23 Nice one, now you can cut your sandwiches while playing without making a mess! ;)



  • @udb23 said in 4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod):

    The enclosure is a modded UPPSKATTNING; a new IKEA bread bin.

    The link doesn't work, because of a "!" before its URL. This one works: IKEA bread bin



  • @clyde said in 4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod):

    you can cut your sandwiches while playing

    LOL! :-))



  • @clyde said in 4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod):

    link doesn't work

    ops.. fixed. thanks.



  • @udb23 Just as an aside and for future reference, a lot of the "cheap" joysticks on Amazon/ebay are sold as 8 way joysticks, but have a gate underneath that can be popped out and rotated 45 degrees, so they become 4 way sticks. For example, the one I am installing in my vertical screen MAME2003 arcade. It was a little fiddly to pop it out, but not difficult.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VT8MNS4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I had originally planned to do something like your stick, but I couldn't find a suitable container. Yours looks ideal :-)

    Oh,and I don't know if they would fit your stick, but you can get shaft extensions if yours still feels shorter than you would like. Amazon has quite a few, just search by "joystick shaft extension" and you will get plenty of options.



  • @douga said in 4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod):

    have a gate underneath that can be popped out and rotated 45 degrees, so they become 4 way sticks.

    I tested gate restrictors on my qanba Q1; it's ok but not exacly as a real 4 way.
    Also the HAPP Super joysticks I use on my custom 2 players can be "switched" to 4 ways; still not the same as the real thing.
    Maybe it's just a personal impression but the one I used on this build feels better than those.
    BTW The Happ ms pacman "reunion" can be easily found at around 12 Euro (+ shipping) ;-)



  • @douga said in 4-way DIY Arcade Stick (IKEA mod):

    you can get shaft extensions if yours still feels shorter than you would like. Amazon has quite a few, just search by "joystick shaft extension" and you will get plenty of options.

    Will check. Thanks for the info.



  • @udb23 I'm sure you are right about the feel. To be honest, mine feels better when used as an 8 way than a 4 way. I think once I get everything else finished, I may look at replacing my stick with a "proper" 4 way, or at least a better quality 8/4 way stick. Thinking about it, it's pretty crazy to spend a lot of time, effort and cash on building a cabinet, and then skimping on the most critical component.



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