Please bear with me if this is hard to follow or needs clarification...this is my first Instructable.  If you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments!

This project started as really just a combination of several ideas.  I wanted a pedal board that was light but sturdy (many DIY boards I have seen are either too flimsy or WAY too heavy).  Sure I could just spring for a professional pedalboard like a PedalTrain, or a Trailer Trash...but whats the fun in that?  In addition, I had my own space requirements and "special" features that I wanted to include for my purposes specifically.  I began to run out of room on my old DIY board, and wanted something a bit bigger...and more organized.

Before I go too far into detail, I have to say I am pretty much "ripping" the Trailer Trash style/design as far as my pedal board design...but have combined my own elements/materials.  You can look at their site here:  http://trailertrashpedalboards.com/, they make great stuff no question...but I wanted something slightly different and personal. 

Also the forum over at Harmony Central's site proved to be a huge resource in planning out this project. You can find that forum here: http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Effects-Pedals-Multi-Effects-and/DIY-pedal-boards-lets-see-yours/td-p/14754041

Now...about this board specifically (though this plan can be be adjusted in MANY ways).


-x4 locking Neutrik jacks
-2x4 piece of 1/2" birch wood
-Sandpaper/sanding block (or circular sander if you have one)
-A dozen flat 1-1/2 phillips screws
-x2 Cans of spray paint
-Small bottle of Gorilla Glue
-Large pack of industrial strength Velcro
-Rosin core electrical solder
-Hot glue
-Electrical tape
-x3 1 foot 1/4" right angle mono cables (you may only need 2)
-x2 screen door handle
-x1 15 foot outdoor quality extension cable.
-x1 PowerAll, or 1Spot 9v daisy chain (or any other brand you can find).
-x4 floor "grippers"

Tools needed

-Jigsaw or circular saw (or a hand saw)
-Drill (with a bit for boring at least 7/8" holes and a regular drill bit set as well).
-Soldering gun
-Hot glue gun
-Razor blade or utility knife

Yes you will have to solder, but it's very easy I promise...

Step 1: Getting Started

First you should acquire the listed materials, and gather at least some of the items that I am sure that you already own.  A note about the wood, I chose birch because it is light and is still rigid.  You don't absolutely have to use birch, but it suited my purposes. You could use plywood, MDF or whatever you would like.  I purchased my wood at my local Lowes Home Improvement, as with most of these materials, and had it cut to size.  Most "big box" home improvement shops will cut down your wood to whatever size for free, though they are limited as they cannot make angled cuts.  Alternatively you could just cut it yourself.

You will have leftover scrap wood if you get a decent size piece, and that is what you can take home to make the angled pieces for the sides.  The 2 pictures below shows the specs and needed cuts to make my board, a 24x14x3 downward sloping board.

The second picture shows the angled cuts and their specs. I cut them out of my scraps from Lowe's.
The 1/4 inch cables that are run under the board, say there is 2-4 of them, what is the main and best purpose of these connections ? Might be stupid but I don't get it!!??
<p>I found a fascinating way to fasten my pedals. Check it out on my page.</p><p>http://www.guitarandbeyond.com/pedal-board/</p>
Steve8043 on the drawings for the measurements you have the shorter end at 1 1/4&quot; and the sides at 1 3/4&quot; is there any specific reasoning for that?
<p>Steve8043 this is awesome! Thank you for going through the trial and error. I have gauged myself numerous times with inadequate grounding. I wish I met you 10 years ago when I could still see!</p>
<p>Very useful and well written. Thank you for putting this together Steve!</p>
Where did you find the zelcro you used? Just looking for something that will get the job done without being overly expensive. Also, were you able to find a mountable edison power plate that resembled the one in the picture? thanks!
<p>Sorry for the late reply.</p><p>I purchased the Velcro from Lowes Home Improvement. Industrial strength Velcro is extremely expensive unfortunately however it is very effective and quite necessary. A way to cut a little bit off the cost would be to leave certain portions of the top of the board bare and do horizontal strips of the velcro on top of the board. It will be less configurable but will get the job done. </p><p>As for the power plate, yes I have since changed the configuration. I mounted an IEC power jack directly into the side of the board that is wired into a 3 pin standard power plug. This is then connected to a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 which gives all of my pedals noise-free and isolated direct power. Along with adding several more pedals, I have since hand wired and custom fit all of my patch cables and 9v cables to run under the board. Hope to be updating the Instructable very soon with the changes and progress on the board. Hope that helps!</p>
<p>Can you tell me how to attached/wired your power plate to the power plug/cable? Thanks! Great Instructable btw</p>
<p>Where do you buy one of these power plates you speak of? </p>
<p>Most modern powered boards are utilizing a IEC chassis mounted power plate. I am in the process of updating the Instructable to reflect the changes I have made in the past few months. I've linked a chassis mounted power plate that will do the job. These are available with and without a rocker switch. Thanks for the post and stay tuned for updates!</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Inlet-Power-Socket-Switch-IEC320/dp/B00511QVVK/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_2" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Inlet-Power-Socket-Switch-IE...</a></p>
<p>Thanks for the great info! Also, you can plan your guitar pedalboard online in https://www.dboards.com</p>
<p>Sorry for the late reply.</p><p>Good to know about the planner! Really useful in staging your signal path!</p>
Great job for a first Instructable, or a 50th one, for that matter.
<p>Sorry for the late reply.</p><p>Thank you for the kind words! Stay tuned, posting an updated version of this Instructable very soon.</p>
<p>Thanks for the instructions! I made it this weekend with just a few modifications and without the input jacks.. I hope to add those at a later time. Thanks!</p>
<p>Sorry for the late reply.</p><p>Nice board! I am really digging the color. Glad the Instructable could help you out. Stay tuned for an update on this board, adding some changes to the process and power considerations.</p>
Nice board, just wondering how you dealt with the angles of the pieces of wood when putting the carcass together, do you sand or saw the correct angle or just leave a gap?
<p>Sorry for the late reply.</p><p>I simply accounted for the gap via sanding away excess glue after assembling the board. It is at a slight outward angle on the back face and slight inward angle on the front face of the board which I think makes it more aesthetically pleasing than straight faces.</p>
I love the way you have velcro'd the pedals which makes them very interchangeable. How many pedals can you connect with this configuration?
I have since added a volume pedal and a compressor...making a total of 8 effects pedals. Also 1 peavey pedal to switch from clean to OD. My power supply allows for 12 pedals to run simultaneously, but the board itself will allow 12 Boss-sized pedals to fit comfortably and maybe 13 or 14 if they are smaller pedals.

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