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vcrjoystick1 cc How To: Joystick from scavenged parts
vcrjoystick2 cc How To: Joystick from scavenged parts
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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. It’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.

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

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