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  • Wood Pedaltrain Novo 32 Pedalboard, Easy Build, Limited Tools

    Hey LydiaT2, forgive me if I overexplain. Electric guitar players often have a bunch of effects pedals that need to go on the floor in between their guitar and their amp to change the sound. After you get more than 2 pedals they become pretty cumbersome to to keep organized or if you need to move them. What most players opt to do is to buy what’s called a pedal board, than Velcro their pedals onto it to secure them and for easy use and transportation. A PedalTrain is an expensive brand name of pedal board that can cost more than $200. They are widely available and the most popular brand of pedal board. This instructable shows how to make a functional equivalent for about 1/8th the price of the real-deal. Because it is the same dimension it will fit into road/touring cases made for the g...

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    Hey LydiaT2, forgive me if I overexplain. Electric guitar players often have a bunch of effects pedals that need to go on the floor in between their guitar and their amp to change the sound. After you get more than 2 pedals they become pretty cumbersome to to keep organized or if you need to move them. What most players opt to do is to buy what’s called a pedal board, than Velcro their pedals onto it to secure them and for easy use and transportation. A PedalTrain is an expensive brand name of pedal board that can cost more than $200. They are widely available and the most popular brand of pedal board. This instructable shows how to make a functional equivalent for about 1/8th the price of the real-deal. Because it is the same dimension it will fit into road/touring cases made for the genuine PedalTrain.There are other benefits to having a board too. Every patch cable between pedals can costs more than $10 having your pedals fixed on the board reduces cable strain and reduces the chance of breakage. Elevating them on a slope makes pedals in the second or even third row more accessible. Elevating them off the floor also means if someone spills a beer on stage or in a practice space it won’t short out an expensive boutique $500 effects pedal on the ground. There is also room underneath to mount a power supply so you don’t need 15 wall adapters. For these reasons pedal boards are the most convenient way to use, store, and transport effects pedals. But it also doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend $200 on one of you need one.

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  • Wood Pedaltrain Novo 32 Pedalboard, Easy Build, Limited Tools

    I found my 1x2” boards in the trim, baseboards, and moldingsection of the home improvement store, not in the general construction lumbersection.Seeing as 1x3 boards are actually 1x2.5, by my estimate(support board length – (runner width x number of runners) or (14.5-(2.5*5))=2you would only have 2 inches total to be divided for all 4 gaps between therunners to run cables through, This would mean the gaps would only be .5 or 1/2an inchs each, which is enough room to run cables. If you only used four 1x3 runners instead of 5 and evenly spaced them the 3 gaps would be 1.5 inches each, the choice is yours. I think you could get away with it either way, and thedesign is meant to be flexible and customizable to your needs and how you want it, but 1x2boards will give you a result closest to th...

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    I found my 1x2” boards in the trim, baseboards, and moldingsection of the home improvement store, not in the general construction lumbersection.Seeing as 1x3 boards are actually 1x2.5, by my estimate(support board length – (runner width x number of runners) or (14.5-(2.5*5))=2you would only have 2 inches total to be divided for all 4 gaps between therunners to run cables through, This would mean the gaps would only be .5 or 1/2an inchs each, which is enough room to run cables. If you only used four 1x3 runners instead of 5 and evenly spaced them the 3 gaps would be 1.5 inches each, the choice is yours. I think you could get away with it either way, and thedesign is meant to be flexible and customizable to your needs and how you want it, but 1x2boards will give you a result closest to the real thing.Good luck with the build! Let me know if I can answer anyother questions.

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  • Wood Pedaltrain Novo 32 Pedalboard, Easy Build, Limited Tools

    Hey DanR209, Thanks for the feed back. If you look at the first image in “Step 1” you will see the sales tag stapled to the board in question. I triple checked, and the tag denotes they are indeed 11/16 x 2 by 8’. Or as I was commonly referring to them as 1 x 2. I hope your build went well, and if you find any other inconsistencies in my instructions or steps let me know.

    Great! I’m super glad my instructable could help! The runner spacing isn’t super critical and in fact, the runners on the genuine pedal train aren’t evenly spaced anyway so your in the clear. I would love to sees a pic of how yours turned out if your comfortable sharing.

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  • Wood Pedaltrain Novo 32 Pedalboard, Easy Build, Limited Tools

    Hey JeffS364 It is still very light weight (pine) and strong. Any additional weight (maybe a pound) over a genuine pedal train is negledgeable after its fully loaded with pedals, power supplies, and power strips. The main consideration of this build was keeping the same function at a fraction of the price and I didn’t really take weight into consideration. That said, even fully loaded the board is what I would call not very heavy.Hope this helps

    If you follow my dimensions, it will drop right into an official PedalTrain case. The biggest consideration is that my board sits taller. Once you have pedals on it, it might be a snug fit. You can use a smaller “riser” board in the back. You can also cut the front facing ends of the “platform bars” at an angle to so they sit lower and flat on the ground opposed to on their corner edgesIf your are worried, you can buy the case first, and build the board to fit, making any small adjustments as needed. I measured most all dimensions very meticulously off of a real PedalTrain but that was quite a while ago so I hate to make any promises or guarantee. Also considering I didn’t rip any boards to with on a table saw I doubt those dimensions are 100% perfect but o...

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    If you follow my dimensions, it will drop right into an official PedalTrain case. The biggest consideration is that my board sits taller. Once you have pedals on it, it might be a snug fit. You can use a smaller “riser” board in the back. You can also cut the front facing ends of the “platform bars” at an angle to so they sit lower and flat on the ground opposed to on their corner edgesIf your are worried, you can buy the case first, and build the board to fit, making any small adjustments as needed. I measured most all dimensions very meticulously off of a real PedalTrain but that was quite a while ago so I hate to make any promises or guarantee. Also considering I didn’t rip any boards to with on a table saw I doubt those dimensions are 100% perfect but overall length and with are. Don’t hesitate to ask me any more questions, or if something needs explaining better or what have you, im happy to help

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  • Pimp Your Car's Stereo. Adding Bluetooth to Your Head-unit. ($2,- Project)

    A lot of older car stereos have unused inputs used for fancy options of the day like trunk cd changers or whatever. My cars 03 stereo has that option and originally had a tape option but my car doesn't have them and thus the inputs in the back are unused. To add this adaptation all you need to do is find out how to enable one of these options on your receiver to "trick" your receiver as in: put it on "tape" to get bluetooth. usually this is as simple as connecting 2 wires and theres videos all over youtube for specific stereos and units. Once you enable an option find power and the input terminals on the head and make sure you don't blow you usb. You might need to patch a wire from a cigarette lighter to the usb power adapter or something to power the BT adapter with...

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    A lot of older car stereos have unused inputs used for fancy options of the day like trunk cd changers or whatever. My cars 03 stereo has that option and originally had a tape option but my car doesn't have them and thus the inputs in the back are unused. To add this adaptation all you need to do is find out how to enable one of these options on your receiver to "trick" your receiver as in: put it on "tape" to get bluetooth. usually this is as simple as connecting 2 wires and theres videos all over youtube for specific stereos and units. Once you enable an option find power and the input terminals on the head and make sure you don't blow you usb. You might need to patch a wire from a cigarette lighter to the usb power adapter or something to power the BT adapter without blowing it.

    the ones I came up with are super tiny and look hard to mod. I will post if I find the one in the guide

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  • Bicycle Cell Phone Charger (Wind Turbine with build in Battery)

    If you were going to make a charger than hooked up to a bike why not attach it to a wheel?

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