Simple Pedalboard Build Play by Play

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Killing Floor, May 9, 2021.

  1. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I decided to redo my boards and make a portable grab and go board that is also small enough I can use it with my practice setup.
    Point is not to show the pedals I have, there's a pile of them. But I want to show that any buffoon (me) with low cost hand tools and limited skill can do this.

    1X2 trim board, these usually come in 6' length at Lowes or Home Depot.
    1X3 trim board, these come in 8' and other sizes.
    2 cabinet handles of your choosing.
    Can of spray paint.
    Adhesive Velcro, don't cheap out on substitutes.
    Cable guides of your choosing.
    Deck screws, I used 1.5" for the board and 5/8' for the cable guides.
    Wood glue like Elmers or Gorilla.
    Sheet of sandpaper or a file.

    Tools were a cheapo plastic box miter with a hand miter saw, sold in a kit at Lowes, cheap!
    A drill and a screw bit. Or a torx bit in my case. Either one is fine.

    Total build time about 30 minutes plus paint-dryin' time.

    Cut boards. Note the top deck planks are as wide as you need, in my case this was for 4 pedals. You can add a 3rd piece if you want 2 rows of pedals. The rest of the pieces are the width you desire. Here I used 13" for the decking and 5 3/8 for the rest.

    Here are the cut boards:
    Here I've placed the parts to make sure I didn't screw anything up:
    Side/heel screwed and glued:
    Kind of a cool looking handle, from the kitchen cabinet hardware section at Lowes:
    How about black? Priming is a sign of weakness.
    Screwded and glueded:
    Bottom looks nice. I got sick of the adhesive cable guides popping off so I upgraded to a more permanent solution:
    And the topside, coming together. EBS flat patch cables FTW:
  2. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Nice job :)
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  3. tshapiro

    tshapiro Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    Jax Florida
  4. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Thanks. It's not fancy but I can stand on it and nothing is going to fall off. I wanted to show how easy it is to do this, I am not "handy".
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  5. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    J'ville Florida
    Very good.
    I made a two level one with 3" velcro.
    Kind of overdid it on the velcro and you can hardly get a pedal off if you want to rearrange them.
    I made it just wide enough to fit in a Diddy bag that I carry the rest of my accessory gear.
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  6. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    J'ville Florida
    Give yourself a little credit. You did a nice job!
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  7. Oh, I’ve seen you post about you not being “handy” before. Now I really don’t believe that;)
    Nice job!!
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  8. jdh3000


    May 16, 2016
    I wish I had the patience to put stuff together from the start. I either just slap 'em on a board or find a drawer or some kind of case to build off of.

    Good job!
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  9. A nice job, especially considering you did it with hand tools! Plus, you incorporated humor and pictures into your post, making it near-perfect!

    "Priming is a sign of weakness" is one that I will remember! Thanks!
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I’ve made these for myself and a few friends in different sizes. My bigger one has a bottle opener in the corner. It’s a conversation starter.

    I started because I learned about the hack using a crate from IKEA which looked cool but was pretty flimsy. This isn’t fancy but it holds my weight so any dumb thing that happens in a gig it would withstand.
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  11. Great board build! Thanks for the quick DIY guide.

    Great board, great pedals on it, too.
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  12. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Nicely done!
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  13. Hop Jam

    Hop Jam

    Feb 16, 2013
    Birmingham, AL
    Entire thing looks great. How do you like that Slampegg Bee Pre?
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  14. Sushi Box FX

    Sushi Box FX Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 23, 2020
    Chicagoland, USA
    Sushi Box FX, owner
    "Buffoon with low cost tools and limited skill" should probably be on my business cards :p Seriously, great looking build, I'm starting to get to a point where I'm thinking about putting a more serious board together, I just might talk myself into building one.

    Also I'm sure I would have approved of your pedal choices regardless of what they are, but I can approve of this selection with a huge smile on my face :D
  15. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    No one ever starts thread about building cases for homemade pedal boards.
  16. NICE!!!

    Make ME ONE!!!

    Just kidding. Even I could probably not screw this up too much. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  17. PaulS


    Jan 19, 2016
    Somewhere in Jersey
    I laughed at “priming is a sign of weakness”

    nice work!
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  18. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Look, I'd cut my leg off if I had a chop saw. I am good at some things and woodworking is not one of them. But this is a piece of cake. Seriously took 30 minutes to cut it and assemble, minus the painting. One of these cheap saws and miter box is about $14. I'm not afraid to buy a metal board but I change mine around so much this makes more sense. I have one for my bass, one for my guitar and one that is mostly midi effects for occasional use and recording. It makes cleanup easy!
  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I like it a lot, it adds a nice warmth to my solid state amp but it doesn't kill the sparkle if I break out a brighter bass like a MusicMan. I'm really happy with it.
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  20. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I've gone a little easy on the Velcro so I can plunk the PAX on if I want to.
    If you add a 3rd plank on the top it's easily enough for 2 rows of pedals. Last one I made holds about 10 devices. I'll probably make a new one for guitar when the JC Emerald shows up in a couple months or so, I'll post a pic over there at that point.
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