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PSX Joystick Project
Playstation Joystick Page 1
Playstation Joystick Page 2
Playstation Joystick Page 3
Saturn Joystick Project
Saturn Joystick Page 1
PSX GunCon Pedal Project
GunCon Pedal Page 1
GunCon Pedal Page 2
Soldering (for all projects)
Which Controller to Buy
The Home Arcade Shop
You Don't Know Jack Game Show-Style Controls for your PC
YDKJ Project Page 1
YDKJ Project Page 2
YDKJ Project Page 3
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Tools & Supplies
To complete these projects, you'll need some tools and supplies.
- Power drill and 1 1/8" wood-boring bit
- Dremel tool
- Staple gun or hammer and tacks
- Multimeter (for checkng continuity of circuits)
- Soldering iron (low-wattage)
- Rosin-core solder
- Fine stranded wire
Other items needed by some projects will be listed in the project pages.
If you don't have the right stuff around already you'll have to get it somehow. If you are forced to buy some items here are a few tips.
- Power drill -- A hand-cranked drill will work, but a power drill is preferable.
- Dremel tool -- The Dremel is for milling some plastic away in the GunCon foot pedal project. If you can't find one to use, you could probably get away with a hobby knife and some extra time. The Dremel is the way to go if you have the option.
- Multimeter -- You won't need anything fancy for these projects. All the multimeter is for is checking circuit continuity; that is, are points A and B electrically connected? Any electronics shop should have a variety of multimeters to choose from. Get one with a "beep" continuity test if you can. Note: If you are building the YDKJ controller, you will need to measure resistance, not just continuity.
- Soldering iron -- You can get a low-wattage iron at Radio Shack for about $10. Pick up something in the 15 watt range. If you have about $40, Weller makes a soldering station with variable power up to 40W, an iron holder, a sponge holder, and an illuminated on/off switch. The model number is WLC-100. It's well worth the extra money. I went through several Radio Shack discount irons before I bought the Weller, and it is holding together nicely.
- Solder -- Make sure you get rosin-core solder, not acid-core.
- Wire -- You want stranded wire, not solid wire. Wire that is to be connected to a circuit board doesn't need to be very thick. You can use wires from an old IDE or SCSI ribbon cable. I ended up buying a spool of 26 AWG, and it works perfectly. Wires that run to the switches in the joystick project need to be a little tougher. Buy some thicker stranded wire, or improvise with old speaker wire.