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My Pedalboard has begun

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by gitlvr, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. gitlvr

    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

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    Had some old 2x4s laying around.

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    Ripped them down to 1x2.
    The plan is to finish either with wipe on poly or satin spray poly, of course lay down heavy duty velcro, add a power strip underneath, and inputs and outputs, so that once the pedals are on the board and connected they won't ever need to be disconnected unless there is a problem or I want to switch any of them out. I will also be adding handles.
    Board is 33" wide, 12" deep, with a 31"x12" working surface. Since I don't gig out with an electric, this will most likely be in use a long time. I can't see ever needing anything larger, but who knows what the future holds?
    It will take a while, as I need to gather everything I need to complete it. I'll keep this running as I complete it, but again, this will be a slow thread. Thanks for looking.
     
  2. Staypuft1652

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    That is a damn-fine set-up there. Nice.
     
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    That's nice. Good work.
     
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    Very nice. Like the old gorm shelf boards. Good thing you don’t gig out with that thing, looks decently heavy.
     
  6. gitlvr

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    Thank you, gentlemen.

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    Thanks. It actually isn't very heavy at all. It is made of pine, but after the pedals are on there? Yeah, most likely won't be that light.
    As for the Gorm shelving, that is sort of where I got the idea; I watched a ton of Youtube videos, and they were in the mix. Seemed like a simple but sturdy way to put together something that would work.
    I have a lot of work left to do, and I'm hoping it will look a lot different when I'm finished with it.
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    Niccccccccccce. Now show it to us done and loaded.
     
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    I've never been much of a pedal guy but I see my collection growing just a bit pretty soon (from 3 to a hard cap at 6) so I'm taking notes on everyone's board designs :)
     
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  10. gitlvr

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    Yeah, I need a reverb and I'm done. :p
     
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    Why don't I believe either of us?...
     
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  12. gitlvr

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    And I said it with such a positive attitude. :D
     
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    Been there, done that. I love making sawdust.

    But then I got a cheap Donner with case.

    Tons lighter, takes the Velcro easier, and less work.

    Plus, no splinters.
     
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    Haven't gotten any splinters yet. But since I work with wood when I can, and build guitars when I can, that's just part of the possibilities for fun. :D
    As to weight, it won't be going anywhere, so that should not be an issue.
    Besides, as long as it isn't any heavier than a good tube amp, I would not care anyway. If I can haul the amp around, I can haul the pedals. Part of the sound, part of the deal. For me at least.
    and making sawdust is a lovely thing. :p
     
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    I plan to make a frame style one like that sometime too. Less mess.
     
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    So, I have this.

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    It is the bottom of a drawer from an old antique dresser a friend gave me a couple of years ago. It has a mahogany veneer. I built the guitar below with the top from it.

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    It has the ugly red stain on it that was common decades ago for mahogany furniture. I will sand that off like I did the guitar above (hopefully that will go well).
    My plan is to wrap the pedalboard with a border of this mahogany veneered poplar.
    Here are all the pieces cut out to rough shape and size.

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    And the back glue up.

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    That's all for today. Need to let the glue dry, and do some other work around the house.
    Wish me luck that everything turns out the way I hope.
    Thanks for looking.
     
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    What color stain you gonna use? Mahogany always looks good on pine.
     
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    that makes my first DIY effort look really crap. And you havent even finished it. Well done! :D Mines a cut off a Fir shelf, with 2 legs on the back to angle the board up and a strip of velcro. I have since built another on that fits in an old laptop case (which is handy when the board leaves home) but that fits 6 standard size pedals. Pitch shift, Comp, 2 dirts, trem, looper and really I want a delay and a reverb on there as well. :rolleyes:

    I could go without the comp and I'm working on a pedal to replace both dirt pedals but who wants to compromise, for home use bigger is better. You probably have enough for 12 pedals on there which should be more than enough.
     
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    Thanks, guys.
    DaveKS, I'm planning to sand that old red stain off and leave the mahogany natural. But that may change. The darker red is growing on me, so we shall see.
    I am thinking of masking the mahogany with tape, and spraying the pedal surface and interior with black enamel. I need to do a test first and see if I can put polyurethane over that with no issues.
    Asmith, thanks. Here is my first. Just an old shelf I bought from Lowes.

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    I thought about building just for the few pedals I already have, but figured since it will be staying home, I should build big enough to grow, if needed.
    As for a small board, I have thought of that, and might do one at a later date.
    All I really need is a comp, dirt, and maybe a delay or reverb. The big board is for inspiration at home, so that I can play around with sounds and be creative.
     
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  20. gitlvr

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    Slowly coming along. Here are a couple of shots of my progress so far.
    The old varnish/stain needs to be sanded off, I still need to mount a power supply, and I need to find an IEC jack. Could get them on Amazon, but I don't do a lot of business on Amazon. Want one with a rocker switch, but will settle for a plain jane jack if it comes down to it.

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    More to (slowly) come.
    Thanks for looking.
     
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