This is what my pedalboard looks like so far, I still have 3 more pedals to add (Big Muff, Tremolo and Octave Shifter). I love how it turned out and highly recommend building one!
Here's more info on the GORM Shelving:
What else you'll need:
Velcro Roll (will cost around $20 online)
Spray Paint (if you want to paint it, I got a cheap can of white from HomeDepot for $1)
Step 1: IKEA Gorm Shelves
Step 2: Putting It All Together
I had to go back and take pictures, that is why it's white (the finished look). I'll talk about painting it in the next step.
So, now that you have your GORM shelves decide which one you like better (this will be your pedalboard so take a while to check them out). Once you decide which one you like better take the other one apart. Be patient and take your time so you don't chip the wood. Alright, so now you need to take one of the board and measure how much you need to cut of the ends to make it fit perfectly between to the side boards. I believe its only about an inch or so on each side, pretty simple stuff. After you get it cut, decide how you want to attach it. I used a few small L brackets from home depot (I believe they were only $3 for a 4 pack). But you could use screws through the top, just make sure they are really thin because the wood splits pretty easily (that happened to me, that's why I switched to L brackets). Lastly, this isn't really necessary I'm just a little OCD and I knew that the lips that stick out of the side pieces would bug me, so I cut them off so that the board is a perfect rectangle, you don't have to, but I think it helps it look a lot better.
Step 3: Paint Time!
If you decided you want to paint it I would either sand the board a little bit or use some primer because I think the wood might have been treated (I had to use a whole can of spray paint to get it to stick). This is a pretty easy piece to paint, just spray one side and then flip it over and spray the other, not much to you. I would recommend letting the paint dry 24 hours before moving on just to make sure that it sets all the way. You could even spray a clear lacquer over it if you really want to help protect it, but I don't think it is really necessary.
(Sorry I don't have a picture of when it was painted before the velcro, but you get the idea from my other pics!
Step 4: Layout Your Pedals
Step 5: Velcro!
If you decide to use velcro I recommend getting a 2" by 15' roll (available at Home Depot for $27 but you can get it much cheaper online). I use the scratchy side on the pedalboard mainly because I think it looks better but you can decide for yourself what you like. The easiest way to measure the strips you are going to cut for the pedalboard is to take one of the extra boards you have from disassembling the other shelf and use it to measure the strips, this will give you very even and accurate strips. When you lay the velcro down you can either put some light pencil dashes to help keep you in the center of the boards or just eyeball, just make sure you go slow because once it sticks it is a pain to get off and will probably take your paint with it.
As you can see I took my time and made sure it was centered, which I think helps add to the overall look of it!
Step 6: Finishing Touches!
So there you have it! A pedalboard for under $40 that looks good and serves its purpose well! The best part is, you did it yourself!
I plan on building a travel case for mine and I will post it as soon as I can, so check back once in a while!
Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any questions!!!