I just finished this custom fightstick for a German gamer. The stick is made from a solid piece of oak wood that I got from a local lumber mill and the fightstick is made for the Tekken fighting game. Due to this, I used a Myoungshin Fanta joystick as I’ve been told that this is the best Tekken joystick out there 🙂 This is how the Oaky Fanta Fightstick was made…
As the fightstick is going to be used on the Sony Playstation it has an IST pre-installed Brook PS3/PS4/PC fight board kit and a Neutrik USB plug for the cabling. The play buttons are Seimitsu PS-15 30 mm low profile pushbuttons (to make room for the internal cables as can be seen further down the post) and the rear ones are Sanwa OBSF 24mm’s.
First the holes for the buttons and the USB plug were made and pre-tested.
The holes on the rear side were then countersunk to make the pushbutton flush with the wood to avoid hitting them unintentionally during gameplay.
Next up was cutting the big hole for the PCB and the joystick. I made a template for my router to make the cutting easier.
An extra long router bit was used to reach all the way to the bottom of the stick…
And the finished hole looked like this.
Holes for fastening the joystick were done by these M6 threaded insert bushings to make fastening of the joystick invisible from the outside.
The joystick was then fastened, the PCB was mounted and the black 29 x 10 mm aluminum feet were screwed in.
Time for pulling the USB cable from the Neutrik USB plug to the PCB.
The holes did not pertrude the bottom of the stick to make the cabling invisible from the outside. Smalle holes were therefore drilled between the pushbutton holes for the wires.
I used the alternative USB connection as there was not enought room for using the Series A USB plug.
It was then time for pulling the pushbutton wires using this layout.
It looked kinda messy with all the cables…
I put a sleeve on the pushbutton cables to make a neat finish.
And finally, all the cabling were done and sleeved for a nice finish.
The PCB was mounted on plastic feet.
The very last thing that needed done was the plexiglass/acrylic board.
…and mounted at the bottom of the fightstick!
And finally the Oaky Fanta Fightstick was done! I applied several layers of oil intended for dining tables to make the stick more resistant to the sweaty hands of the gamer.
To make a nice finish I had a brass embossing stamp made that I made a burning mark with on the bottom of the fightstick. It says ‘Handmade by MtnBuffalo’…
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