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Eschlaep shares details on building a 2-axis joystick from scavenged VCR and computer mouse parts -
Well, the other day I found another idler wheel from the same VCR, and I decided to share the construction technique so that you can make one too. Itâ€™s pretty simple and takes an hour or two. You will need a VCR idler wheel that looks like the one in the picture below, four microswitches (you can scavenge these from an old computer mouse), a spring, and a piece of sheet steel to mount the whole arrangement on. The sheet metal must be steel for reasons I will discuss later.
Fashioning compnents like these from scrap can be uniquely satisfying – and of course economical. Catch the full how-to over @ Tube Time.