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How to Make a Pedal Board Out of an Old Briefcase

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I've been wanting to make a little pedal board for my 3 pedals for a while, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on it. I looked around for ideas and some people recommended converting a suitcase, but unfortunately, the lip on all of the suitcases I found were too high, so it was hard to step on the pedal without making contact with the rim of the suitcase. I decided to take a trip to Goodwill to see if they had anything I could use and I found a briefcase that would work perfectly. I almost shelled out the $3.99 for the briefcase, but being the neurotic cheapskate that I am, I figured I would swing by my folks' house and see if they had any old briefcases in the basement. Surprisingly, I found one that worked really well. The materials for the whole project cost less than $20.
 
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Step 1: Remove the hinges from the briefcase.

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So, originally, I wanted to keep the briefcase locks, but when I tried to lay the board down flat, the spring hinges got in the way, so I had to remove both sets of hinges and replace them with snap-lock hinges that I bought at Home Depot for approximately $5 for 2 sets of 2.

Step 2: Tear out the liner...

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The briefcase will have a liner in it that you'll need to rip out. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of that step, so I'll show the finish product. The orange section is the one with the liner still in. The red section is the one that I ripped out and painted.

Step 3: Attach the Velcro

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I bought the Velcro in a 4 foot section for around $7. I cut it into three strips and adhered it to the board.

Step 4: Attach the foam and Stick the Pedals on...

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The only soft foam I could find was at Home Depot for about $5. It was meant to be insulation for a window A/C unit. I cut it up and used a staple gun to staple it on. I used the foam both to cover the sharp end of the screws for the hinges and also on the other section of the briefcase so I could just close the briefcase without worrying about the pedals shaking around inside. With the foam, the pedals are secure when I close it.

Step 5: Fin...

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Now you are ready to both rock and roll (in that order). To hear the music these pedals help make, click here.
aritoner4 years ago
 hey what is the size of the briefcase like in depth??
my briefcase which i got from a goodwill for $4 does not have wood on the sides. Instead it just has a thick liner and heavy leather outer-layer. So i had to put a thin piece of wood over that to have a sturdy base for the pedals
tudgeanator5 years ago
Nice.Definately going to make one,but mine is going to have a board insid that will tilt the pedals up towards me.
Sweet! I think my dad has one just like that that we won't use, so I'll do this. I have too many pedals everywhere. +1 rating.
lol same hey wait U AGAIN well happy birthday in 8 days lol
mboggs45 (author) 6 years ago
thanks, that's a good point.
gmoon6 years ago
Nice! (Ya might replace the opening photo with one that show the brfcase open, with the pedals inside--could get more hits...)
mboggs45 (author) 6 years ago
glad you all like it. yeah, you may be able to fit more than three pedals, but my music style is pretty simple...i doubt i'll ever use any more than three.
Cool! Nice idea!!
0.775volts6 years ago
That's gorgeous! nice panache factor, too. You could get one of those handcuff security things for it and do the blues brothers thing at your gigs.
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice, idea, it looks sweet, and makes it easy for moving around. But come on, u could fit more than 3 in that case? like 6. but then again, is 6 really enough?
gripes6 years ago
always wanted to make one! looks good!