A long time back, I posted about building a custom 2600/7800 joystick. I wanted something better than the CX-40, Wico, or Comp pro. I started by trying out a bunch of sticks & buttons. There are a TON of options for arcade quality parts. After finding parts I really liked, I looked at enclosure options. Compared the parts marketplace, I found that there wasn't much choice for a nice box to put all this stuff in. What I wanted was a box that would allow me to swap out different brands of sticks & buttons easily. I also wanted it to be pretty. Those wood Neo Geo joysticks & consoles made me wish there was something similar for the Atari. I don't know much about wood, but I started on a search for a carpenter that could help me out. We tried out some different configurations, and settled on what you see below.
This is our first prototype. It's made from black walnut. It's light and fits nicely in your lap. The real thing will be a bit more polished. I'm playing with the dimensions a bit more. Also, we have access to a machine to do some nice engraving, and I plan to carve a nice CX number on the bottom, or maybe a fuji symbol, or maybe even the Atariage logo!
Right now it has a plain Sanwa dustwasher on it, but I might engrave something on that, too. I'm also working on a handheld model, but it will be a while before that gets done. Going to experiment with some leaf switches on the buttons. I'll post photos of the inside when I have a minute.
Attached is a photo of a fun thing we threw together. Had some scraps of wood, so we made an Atari cheese board!
Any feedback/input is appreciated. Later, I will post some proposed changes. I would like the box to have rounded corners, for starters.