Got all my arcade joystick parts in today and I put one together for less than $25.00 US.
I decided to make just an atari extension cable and use a male 9 pin on the joystick too so I can if I want move it and use it on my Raspberry Pi Emulation station too..
- Cost of the Joystick and 2 buttons (I only used one) was $17.00 US
- Had some 9 conductor wire already (only need 6)
- Had the connectors on hand
- bought a small box enclosure for $3.00 US that's Hinged and has a magnet to keep it closed.
Took about an hour. Hardest thing was lining the joystick shaft in the center of the 1/2 hole I drilled. The joystick is from Adafruit and so is the button.
Here some pics. I am going to paint it and put some rubber feet on it. But it works great.
You get that box from Jo-Ann Fabrics? That's what I did when I made a spinner several years ago. The nice thing is that the wood (presumably balsa or compressed sawdust) is soft enough that you can cut into it without needing a drill.
More recently, I made a spinner using a Sterilite container and the drive head from an old VCR. Works a lot better, although I had to load the bottom down with coins to give it weight.