2D Joystick using tie rod ends

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Forum topic by RipFence posted 08-26-2017 10:01 PM 457 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2017 10:01 PM

Hello All:
There are several variations of home made slot mortising tables on the web. Most have separate handles for sliding in each direction. I had a set up like that as well but wanted a single joystick for two directions. My solution was to use tie rod ends.
The shaft you see is a 3/8” x 8” bolt and I ground a groove to accept a c-clip to hold it in place. The lower tie rod end is threaded into a scrap and currently held in place with clamps. Not shown is a wooden dowel handle that threads onto the bolt. Works great and cost nearly nothing so I thought I’d pass it along.

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