> I am building my first cabinet and have already started working on the control panel
> as you can see in the picture. My question is regarding the joysticks. I purchased
> the Servostick and I am curious how thick the control panel needs to be for them to
> be mounted securely but yet work well. My panel is currently 3/4" of an inch so I
> know I will need to use a router and carve out space. But how much wood should i
> remove? I think the sticks are currently 1.5" so having 3/4" of an inch thick panel
> is not ideal.
> What has everyone found to be the best thickness to mount to yet gives you a good
> grip on the servostick.
Traditionally you'd route the joystick pockets to 3/8" depth in a 3/4" panel if you're through-bolting it (leaving a net 3/8" material thickness). If you're blind-mounting it with threaded inserts, per Ultimarc's website you'll need at least 5/8" thickness in the pocket, so 1/8" routed in that case.
The Servostick is a modification of a Sanwa JLW TM-8. I have a standard JLW balltop mounted in one of my panels at 3/8" depth and the stick height is perfect for me.
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