Homemade pedal boards...

Discussion in 'The Buzz Box' started by squierTony, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Feb 12, 2018
    Valley, AL
    Made this one about a week ago. Just happened to see an upside down crate in Walmart and the idea popped in my head. The riser pieces and the front piece are leftover pieces from when I cut the bottom off of the crate. BE45B3C2-147D-452F-82BA-08023ECC76A5.jpeg
     
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  2. JSutter

    JSutter Squier Talker

    Age:
    36
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    May 22, 2019
    Maine
    My first was a scrap piece of paneling covered in duct tape with the pedals taped to it. Then I got some fabric and Velcro to "up grade" it. At some point I taped them into a roll around travel case.

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    I "made" a board for my band mate by ripping the lid off my old toy box. He spray painted it all crazy. Slapped on some Velcro and called it done. It looked awful.

    Many years later I actually built a board. Big piece of MDF, aluminum angle, carpet, handles and feet. I made a riser from an old crate. I made a second for a buddy.

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    It's a little rought now.

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    I also have a small one with a built-in riser. It fits a wah and 4 pedals. Came from scrap 1/4"? mdf then painted.

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  3. LarsN

    LarsN Squier-Meister

    Age:
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    124
    May 13, 2019
    Austin, TX
    This was made with some scrap from the garage. Couple of 2x4s, and some wood that was used as packing material for a safe door.

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  4. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-holic

    Age:
    61
    Nov 14, 2016
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I made one out of a bath duck board, I got it for free and took about 30mins to convert, 20190505_102108.jpg
     
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  5. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
    Really cool! Can you give a bit more info on how you proceeded?
     
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  6. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Meister

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    Jul 13, 2018
    USA
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    I've been looking around for something that I could use to mount my flanger, amp footswitch, and looper as a back up pedal board. I found this for $1.99 at Goodwill! Space on the left is for a future wah pedal if I find a good deal on one. I need some work in wiring them though. I have space for a volume pedal on the right if I chance on one too!

    Gotta love thrift shops!
     
  7. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Age:
    57
    Nov 24, 2018
    Crappie fishing.
    I guess I need to brush the cobwebs out of the shop and get busy. Awesome pedal boards here....:)
     
  8. BlueSquirrel

    BlueSquirrel Squier-holic

    Dec 21, 2018
    Europe
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  9. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Meister

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    Jul 13, 2018
    USA
    My 2nd built years ago:

    I wanted a pedal board to put my mfx, looper & its DIY footswitch, their power supplies, and future acquisitions. My plan was a pedal board at least 36" x 18". Pedaltrain has a 32 x 16 for $150. I certainly can't afford that. So I thought of building one.

    Bought some wood (pine) at Home Depot and had them cut them to my specified sizes. I used 4 pieces of 1" x 6' and 2 pieces of 3/4" x 36".
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    I put them together for a mock-up on how it would look like...
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    It came up smaller than I planned. I went to a friend to borrow a tool to cut wood. He had a cool miter saw which I have never used before (came from a 3rd world country). I got trigger happy and cut everything so they would have a consistent length. Apparently, they were not able to cut it to accurate lengths at home Depot.

    I used finishing nails to put them together and them screwed them together with the 6 x 1 1/2 sheet metal screws. I pre-drilled holes and used a bigger bit to make a shallow hole to make the screw heads flush.
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    I tried out how my then toys would look like on the board...
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    Installed some rubber feet. 20 pieces of them on the underside and sides. Now, it can stand on its sides too without scratching the floor and itself. It won't slide on a hard surface too!

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    Since its just practically screwed together, it was easy to dismantle and reconfigure. I made it more compact enough to just fit what I need.

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    I will be reconfiguring it again over the summer. I'd like to hide a power conditioner underneath. It probably needs to be higher. I wonder what are the drawbacks if my pedalboard was about 3" high...
     
  10. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Squier-holic

    Age:
    61
    Nov 14, 2016
    Glasgow, Scotland
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    yeah, sure can. wasnt really much to it tbh. (these boards retail here in the u.k for about £10) only proper bit of work i had to do was raise the front up using a strip of scrap wood I had in the shed so I had room to mount a power supply to the underside and add a carry handle,and some rubber feet which I had from a scrapped amp..Ill add some pictures in a bit.

    then it was only a matter of trimming a few spars off(i think i removed 3) to have the finished size

    "Sorry, dont know why it is showing the same pic twice but it wont delete to edit)
     
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  11. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

    Age:
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    Dec 14, 2009
    Philadelphia
    I had a laugh when I spied this on a craigslist advert ... shag baby !
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  12. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

    Age:
    41
    Nov 13, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    So what would be the essential elements of a good pedal board design? I've always just left mine sprawled across the floor and never bothered building a board. I'm thinking about it now. If you could do it again what would you make sure was a part of the design and what would you delete from your current design?
     
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  13. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Age:
    35
    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    The only thing I care about is that it's just big enough. The reason I used a glass, then later plexiglass custom board for so long is that it only fit my tuner, volume pedal, chorus, distortion, and overdrive. When I played bass actively, that was all I ever needed.
     
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  14. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Meister

    Age:
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    219
    Feb 25, 2017
    Rhode Island USA
    [/ATTACH] 20190620_120831.jpg It started life as a top for a cedar chest that broke IMAG0578.jpg And after a couple hours in the yard turned into this 20180408_132216.jpg
    Then I got my katana and I'm down to this
     
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  15. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Meister

    289
    Jul 13, 2018
    USA
    Yep, been busy...

    I reconfigured my diy pedalboard from this...

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    To this!...

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    Ummm... what's the difference you might ask?

    Well, I added this!...

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    In case you didn't notice... what did I "add" exactly you may ask?

    This!...

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    I incorporated a power conditioner on the pedalboard hidden underneath all the pedals. I found the power conditioner on Facebook Marketplace for $20.

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    I am very pleased with my project! What's great about using wood was that it is easy to reconfigure! Unscrew, cut here and there, re-screw... and voila! Reconfigured!

    I'm not sure why I'm spending time doing this. I don't even gig out anymore. However, it's nice to have them in one place! But, the GT-100 is not fixed (velcro'd) on the board because sometimes it's the only thing I bring around when I need to play somewhere.

    Anyways... for the meantime... Let's light her up! Weeee weeee weeee :headbang:

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    The only thing I don't like is this...

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    It looks messy to me and the cables look so strained. Any suggestions? I wonder if those saucer type right angles are shorter than these ones? And, I wonder if they would fit side by side considering that those saucer-types are wider?

    I hope you like it!
     
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  16. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Age:
    57
    Nov 24, 2018
    Crappie fishing.
    These all look awesome guys.
     
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