Step 8: Wrap up - coatings, inside, power, etc..
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!