Drawerbox Pedalboard.




I like to repurpose/reuse/recycle whenever I can. When I glanced at a stack of dovetailed drawerboxes I had lying in the shop, I saw potential Pedalboards. Admittedly I hadn't planned on an Instructable during the venture but I felt I had accumulated enough photos throughout the process to pass along. I used the smallest drawer I had as my 'proof of concept'. This was my journey.

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Step 1: The Victim.

I chose the smallest drawerbox I had in case things didn't work out as I had hoped. And in true fashion, I had no plans or direction, just a final goal.

Step 2: The Cutting.

These particular drawerboxes were designed for specific drawer glides so I had to rip the bottom off just enough to even it out and remove the bottom panel. I then ripped the top so that the front was about 3/4" of an inch lower than the back. I would recommend an angle jig for your table saw and use appropriate safety equipment, I on the other hand freehanded it in a most unsafe way. I kept the pieces that were removed to use at a later time. At this point the basic shape was there.

Step 3: The Finishing (of the Box).

As there were gaps in the dovetails, I filled them. Then sanded the whole thing inside & out and used a 1/4" round over on all of the exposed edges. I was happy with the outcome so the first of many coats of Danish Oil was applied. Time to work on the top...

Step 4: The Board.

The top was made from a small pallet. After disassembling the pallet and removing all the nails and other bits the boards were run through the planer. Then on to the table saw. Once I was happy with the dimensions, the edges were rounded over and sanded. I made three boards for the top with two smaller pieces to connect them together and provide a little more support. Unsure of what I wanted the top to look like, I stained them black but ultimately I covered them in an industrial felt I scavenged.

Step 5: Final Assembly.

Remember the strips I kept from cutting the box down? I used them around the inside perimeter to create a ledge to hold the top. (I realized I was missing a few screws in one of the above pics, but you get the idea.)

I think my simple idea worked out quite well and the best thing... It cost me nothing.

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    It's for bass and guitar pedals (distortions, overdriven, etc...) and contains and powers them all on one convenient board

    so, if you want someone to sit with you on your farm tractor? Is it for sitting? or standing? So sorry. I like the re-use

    Seleniebeanie67, no like this http://www.gretsch-talk.com/forum/attachments/fred...

    it organizes electronic effects pedals for an electriclly amplified instrument like a Guitar, Bass, or Violin.

    If one performs they make set up and tear down easy due to not having to rewire the effects pedals in the manner that you are expecting so that when you are playing you know exactly what foot-switch does what with out having to look down.

    THANK YOU! The pic with the pedals helped me understand why there would be slats - cool re-use. I guess with that many drawers, you'd be making them for the rest of the band too!

    Sorry for the delayed response, but a pedalboard is a convenient way to keep your guitar effect pedals organized and allows for the transport of the pedals without disassembly.