Introduction: How to Make a Pedal Board Out of an Old Briefcase
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.
Step 1: Remove the Hinges From the Briefcase.
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...
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
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...
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...
Now you are ready to both rock and roll (in that order). To hear the music these pedals help make, click here.