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  • First furniture: computer game station

    I picked up this SlikStik arcade controller several years ago, on a whim. It works pretty well. But, it's too heavy to have on your lap, and, if you put it on a desk or table, the height, angles and sliding around make it uncomfortable to use. I've always wanted to make a custom setup around the controller, even though my interest in games has waned.

    Here it is, my first shot at a piece of furniture. Not bad, I think. Also my first shot at finishing wood. The frame is 1 x 1 1/2 x 14ga. retangular tubing. 1-inch angle at front and back of the controller. The wood is from a 2 x 4 foot piece of 1 1/4 inch cheap pine scrounged at Lowes for half price due to a banged up corner. My spray painting skilz are coming along, with this looking quite deep and glossy.

    MM180, and some O/A to remove some warpage. I'm still being haunted by warps where a cross-piece ties in to another that has a free end. That had caused the monitor shelf supports to droop at the 2-inch support, and had caused the front legs to be a half-inch closer at the bottom than at the top.



    Here's a bigger image
    Last edited by EdZep; 02-04-2008, 09:04 PM.

  • #2
    Nice table looks really good keep on burning

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    • #3
      Looks good........very neat

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      • #4
        Nice job on the stand. For warpage issues don't be afraid to just bend it back to where you want it. You can put a jack in between & jack it open or clamp it to something & pull on it, etc. You don't always have to straighten it with heat.

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        • #5
          very cool ......................where did you get the big video game buttons?

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          • #6
            Thanks all, for the comments.

            Originally posted by MMW View Post
            Nice job on the stand. For warpage issues don't be afraid to just bend it back to where you want it. You can put a jack in between & jack it open or clamp it to something & pull on it, etc. You don't always have to straighten it with heat.
            MMW, well, I had first tried to spread the front legs with with a jack. It sprang back, and I was afraid if I went too far I might put a crease in it. I still used the jack when I used heat -- jacked it a bit past where I wanted it, heated it, and it stayed pretty well. But, I do have another item I'll try just the jack on, and see what happens.

            Of course, I'd rather avoid the problem, if possible. I know I could weld in little bits. But, I wanted neat, continuous welds. I guess this is where TIG has an advantage over MIG.

            Originally posted by Dustyhaze75 View Post
            very cool ......................where did you get the big video game buttons?
            Dusty, I didn't make the controller, it's a unit from SlikStik. I just went looking for their website to link, and it's dead. Googled up a rumor of bankruptcy. A niche item with maybe too little demand. Yeah, those are heavy duty arcade machine joysticks and buttons.

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            • #7
              That is totally...

              Awesome Ed!!!

              Being a PC guy and bit of gamer, myself - That is a wicked slick arcade setup. Seeing this has me seriously thinking that I should build myself a new computer desk to my exact specs. Great work - looks great. I'd be proud!

              Best Regards,
              - Chad

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              • #8
                Nice concept, even nicer implementation. Gave me the idea to do something similar for a custom recording desk for my home recording studio. Thanks for sharing!

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                • #9
                  Chad and Bob

                  Thanks, and I'm glad I got you thinking. Yeah, there are a lot of possibilities for custom desks and work/play stations. I could really see racks full of gear for recording, or video editing, ham radio, etc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DustyTwoSheds View Post
                    very cool ......................where did you get the big video game buttons?
                    Dug around a bit more. X-Arcade has the buttons for a buck each, in set of 20. X-Arcade sells controller consoles similar to mine, as well as other arcade pieces.

                    http://x-arcade.com/arcade_parts.shtml

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