You will need some basic soldering skills and an imagination. Also, you will need to be coordinated enough to use sharp objects? ( I just barely qualify.)
An old Joystick discarded by someone who has finally managed to ween themselves from the N00BSt1CK. I found this Gravis Executioner noobstick Extreme at the Goodswill for $3.99. The only thing this ever pwned was its original owner when he paid for it!
The rest of the parts can be found at your local Radiation Shack.
You will be needing three switches total. 2x momentary, & 1x SPST. I used an illuminated 12V. SPST but, you could use a regular SPST without illumination, or a DPST and add your own illumination.
Also, you will need a few bits of wire, a resistor 110K, a 3v CR2032 battery, 2x micro stereo plug, & 1 Socket for said plug.
Step 1: Deconstruction
Step 2: Casemod
A quarter made the perfect template for marking the hole for the rocker switch. I held it in place and traced around it with a scribe. A small pair of wire snips were used to cut the hole. then a deburring tool was used to shape and enlarge the hole until it was a perfect fit.
The plastic is to thick to just dill a hole and mount the socket. So I made a bigger hole that the entire socket can fit through. To do this I drilled two holes side by side and used a pocket knife and my deburring tool to carve out the hole.
Step 3: Circuitry
The wires and diodes were cut from the PCB as well. I used some copper braid and my soldering iron to clean up the PCB so it was ready for new components and solder.
Then all the connections were soldered to the PCB. the connections to the Rocker Switch are soldered and covered in shrink tube. Four wires are attached to the ground of the rocker switch. I used this point as the common ground inside the grip so I only need one ground wire connecting back to the socket. A 110K resister is soldered to the positive side of the LED on the rocker switch. The LED is connected to a 3V. CR2032 with strapping tape inside the grip. The remaining four wires go to the socket: 1x ground, 1x Auto Focus, 2x Shutter. I marked them with red and black sharpies for identification.
I Assembled the the grip with the wires sticking out through the hole for the socket and screwed it together again. The wires were the soldered to the socket. The shutter and AF leads are covered in shrink tube.
Step 4: Metal Fab
The edges were filed fairly smooth. Holes are drilled for the socket and two mounting screws.
The socket was mounted to the new metal bracket with a flat head screwdriver. I then held the bracket and socket in place on the grip and drilled the holes for the mounting screws. Now all that was left was to attach the bracket and socket with the screws and test it out.
Step 5: Repurpose
Step 6: Reuse
Step 7: Recycle
Now I feel like gowing out and hugging a tree for some unknown reason. WTH!?
Step 8: Final Thoughts
In my opinion this thing works great and looks cool even if it is a bit over sized and over stated. I feel kinda like a movie villain threatening to blow up some random thing unless my demands are met. :) It's like "Give meh teh cheezeburger 0r 3lse...FTW!"