Did you ever finish this joystick project. I'd like to see how it turned out.
I got mixed results. The "wood" in the box was actually some sort of light plywood, and the acoustics in the box are such that the buttons make a deep "klong" noise whenever you hit them. The joystick is great for maze games, but not so much fighters, which is kind of why I built the damn thing in the first place. (I might have to invest in a Sanwa next time... it's what all the cool kids are using.)
I never got custom artwork on this, so what you see is what you get. I'd probably have to disassemble the joystick before I could make the box more presentable... and I might do that, since its performance was never entirely satisfactory anyway. I was happy with the home button... I purchased an ignition button designed for machinery, and it's great for this purpose because it not only takes more effort to press the recessed button, but because there's a glowing circle around the edge that turns on when you plug it into game systems. It's a nifty touch. Also, I like the encoder I used... I was warned against that brand, but I was happy with it. It works with both USB and PS2, and it seems responsive enough. I just wish the wires it came with had been three inches longer.