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.
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.