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    AT Member araT's Avatar
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    I just built myself a pedalboard!

    PARTS:



    1: 900mm x 300mm x 15mm piece of ply.
    Obviously you would make yours the size you need. When at the hardware store, ask about timber off-cuts, they cost around $1-2, more often than not its MDF. I ended up using a shelf for mine as I couldn't find an off cut long enough.

    2: Carpet.
    Once again, ask about offcuts. Anything really works but make sure its not too thick. I went with 4mm Speaker Cabinet Carpet - it plays nicely with the hook side of velcro.

    3: Glue.
    I went with Selleys Kwik Grip..

    4: Aluminium Siding.
    You can use Angled aluminium if you want it to wrap over the top of the boards, but I just wanted it as a "binding". I went with with 1.5mm X 18mm strips.

    5: Handles.
    What ever you want. I went with simple satin chrome ones.

    6: Screws.
    A packet of small wood screws.

    7: Velcro.
    Some hook-side only velcro, to put on the bottom of your pedals


    Total cost: ~$80 (the killer was the hook-side velcro, oddly enough, nearly $30)



    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1: Start by spreading glue over your piece of wood.

    2: With an old brush or roller smear it all around, the more glue the better!

    3: Turn the piece of wood over so it's lying glue-side-down on top of the carpet, find something heavy to almost 'Clamp' the timber to the carpet. The gluing takes a while, so go inside and have a beer or something.

    4: Once the glue has dried, trim the carpet. Make sure you leave enough on the edge so it can fold over to the back, you can always trim excess later. Cut the corners CAREFULLY, better too much than too little.

    5: Glue the edges down.

    Intermission:
    When applying your metal edging, there are a few different methods.
    - You can cut each strip to fit the side perfectly, leaving a sharp edge.
    - Or you can fold the metal strip making a nice rounded edge - This is the method I use.

    6: Size up & cut up the edging so that all the pieces meet in the middle of each side of the board, not at the corners.

    7: Every ten or so centimeters screw in a screw until you reach the end of the first edge of the board.

    8: The next step is a bit tricky, and can be frustrating - With your hands, carefully bend the strip around the corner. Make sure you place a screw either side of the bend.

    9: Repeat steps 9 & 10 until the edge of the board is completely surrounded.

    10: Attach your handles - mark out the points on your pedal board where the pedals will go, and pre-drill the holes so the screws fits through perfectly. Tighten them up with a screw driver.


    Total Time: Approx. 1 hour.


    I'm following (and modifying / improving) the instructions from here.


    On with the build pics:

    Wood cut to size, handle screw holes drilled & countersunk:


    Handles installed:


    Vintage MRX D+ getting a Battery clip to DC jack converter installed:


    MXR, now with power:
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    AT Member araT's Avatar
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    A midway mockup:


    Preparing to glue speaker carpet on:


    Drying...


    Gluing (3rd) edges:


    All glued up, excess trimmed, handles back on:


    Front & back siding done:

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    THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!












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    Looks good. Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel T. View Post
    Looks good. Well done.
    Absolutely!

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    Thanks guys!

    I really need to find, buy & solder a right-angle DC jack for the Tuner, I hate how the straight plug sticks out like that..

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    looks great!! good job!

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    Great idea.
    Video playing acoustic guitar at the beach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OTqDn0JqE
    Music video - Maersk rescue from pirates, original pictures, NAVY SEAL museum www.youtube.com/watch?v=22fJQ8t8ZY8

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate it

    I hope someone finds use from the parts list / instructions one day..

    I had all my guitars out today to have a bit of a play, so I decided to get up the ladder & grab a fresh family photo, I've trimmed off the unloved ones (and I'm selling the Les Paul Deluxe to a friend at the beginning of December) so it's only my babies left now:


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    Beautiful job, Tara! And I expect the instructions will be useful for someone in the future (heck, maybe even me!). The metal edging is a nice finishing touch.

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