Step 8: Wrap Up - Coatings, Inside, Power, Etc..

Well, the structure is built. Have another glass of water. Think about how you'd like to arrange your pedals on the inside of the box.

But before you stick the pedals in there permanently, there are a few final things to think about:

- Painting the box? This will help weather-proof it, and generally make it more durable. On the other hand, if you like the natural wood look, a wood varnish (sometimes called "marine varnish") will let it show through. You could even put a wood stain onto it first (before varnish!) if you want it to look like dark mahogany - this is a nice touch. Stickers will also stick better to a varnished box than to a raw plywood one.

- What material you want inside the box? Your pedals won't stick to the wood itself. Coating the inside "floor" of the box with velcro can be a good way to keep pedals in place (use the soft side on the box, scrapey side on the bottom of the pedals).

- If you want to keep the inside of the box bare wood, you could use cable-ties through the bottom of the box. Arrange your pedals where you want them, then make dots with a pencil where you want to drill holes through the box. Dril the holes, and thread cable ties around and through to keep the pedals in place.

- Power - you could cable-tie or velcro a power-strip right into the inside of the box! Then all you have to do at a show is to plug it into the wall, plug your audio cables through, and you're ready to go. Think about all the extra time with the fans!
<p>Also a great source - for just about anything, by the way - <a href="http://www.parts-express.com/cat/latches/654" rel="nofollow">Parts Express has road case hardware.</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmi&field-keywords=strap%20Handle" rel="nofollow">You can also find these</a>, most likely, at your local guitar store. (Peavey sells em shrink wrapped on a card - </p>
<p><a href="http://www.tchweb.com/tchstore/category/surface-mount-catches/s0/Surface-Mount-Twist-Latches-and-Strikes.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.tchweb.com/tchstore/category/surface-mount-catches/s0/Surface-Mount-Twist-Latches-and-Strikes.html</a></p><p>If you'd prefer a more &quot;musiciany&quot; solution, the <a href="http://www.diyroadcasesstore.com/categories/Latches/Recessed-Latches/" rel="nofollow">same thing in recessed</a> is what they use on pro road cases. That would require a jigsaw or router though. </p><p>Also, standard pop rivets hold great in wood.<br></p><p><br></p>
nice I'm my one roadie (and i some times work with LOVEBOX) this would be nice
you can get latches that go on trailers and the such
dude, I like this kind of latches a lot for applications like yours - <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&amp;p=43997&amp;cat=3,41399,41406">http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&amp;p=43997&amp;cat=3,41399,41406</a> - they're usually very secure. <br/>
yeah, those draw latches are great - probably better than what I used
actually, the ones you used look more secure. i dont trust those draw latches. im afraid they'll open up on their own.
"CBGB"? Is that "Comic Book Guy Bistro"?
nah, it's a famous music venue in New York that shut down in the past few years..
Those draw latches kerns posted are what I used, because they're cheap and work fine. If I was building a tougher case, I'd use some of these <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=262-350">butterfly latches</a> and maybe some <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=262-165">cabinet corners</a>. But for a regular, non-touring pedal case, what you have is fine and pretty similar to mine, except I used <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=262-188">take apart hinges</a> on the back side so all of the weight isn't on the latches. I also added some <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=260-773">rubber feet</a> on the bottom of mine to keep it from moving about<br/>
that would be so heavy!!!
That's why you have roadies... Weight is good- it lessens the chance of it moving on stage. Mine was too light! And it's not the sort of thing you have to pick up and carry around a lot.
is it meant to insert the electronics of an effect pedal ?If yes you need an iron box , if you use wood it wil broom more and lose quality...
that's not what it is for. you put your pedals on the pedal board to keep them organized
let's see your pedals.

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