Practical pedalboard building question

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by jrm, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. jrm

    jrm Member

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    Hey guys (and ladies):
    So I finally have my board designed and am going to begin the build shortly. What thickness of wood have you found to be best to build with (ie. gives strength, but keeps weight to a minimum), and how do you all carpet those things so nicely? I can forsee soo many wrinkles and bad edges on my carpeting job.

    Any tips!
     
  2. The Whiz

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    Call me a nutjob, but I've always wondered why nobody uses a plastic kitchen cutting board. You know, the white suckers? Light and solid enough. I'd wear a mask if I was going to cut it though. You could drill some little rubber feet on it one one side and carpet the other side to use to stick to the velcro'd pedals.

    I'm serious.
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  3. jaymeister

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    OK...nutjob!

    See you 'round P-T:rolleyes:
     
  4. The Whiz

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    CANADIANS!
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  5. jrm

    jrm Member

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    hmm.. I'd need a kitchen board that is about 3 feet long! Maybe something industrial! any other ideas anyone? (great idea by the way)
     
  6. dmagalhaes

    dmagalhaes Supporting Member

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    3/4" Oak Plywood 24' X 24"
    2 48" strips of Aluminium C channel
    a package of small slot head screws
    a can of Black Spray Paint
    Cost me 27 bucks at Lowes.
    4 non slip feet from Home Depot cost me another 2 bucks.
    As soon as I can figure out how, I'll post a pic.

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  7. jrm

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    Any reason you chose 3/4 inch? I deally I think I'd prefer 1/2", but don't want to step through the board!
     
  8. lcjc800

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    Practical??!!!!!!!!! UH,:confused: Never mind.
     
  9. dmagalhaes

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    3/4" oak is sturdy as hell, It won't flex or warp. So in nutshell strength and longevity.
     
  10. The Whiz

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    Haha. Yeah, the kitchen cutting boards aren't too big. I'm thinking of using 2 though. One for my filter/fuzz/od/comp type effects (that will run on batteries) and one for my modulation/delay/verb effects (that will run off a PPII). Just something I'm considering. DON'T HOLD ME TO IT!
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  11. scottywompas

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    Ok like I'm not already in enough trouble with my wife for having too much stuff but now she's holding a knife wondering where her cutting boards went.

    Thanks for the Idea. :AOK :jo
     
  12. tocs100

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    How'd you attach your pedals? :eek:
     
  13. dmagalhaes

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    I stapled strips of loop to the board and applies hook strips to the pedals. I removed the rubber backing off of the pedals. The Velcro sticks way better to the metal. It's not coming off easily.
     
  14. big mike

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    Actually, that makes sense! Be pretty lightweight too. :jo
     
  15. Dajbro

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    Actually, I seem to remember seeing a picture of someone's pedalboard who did just that. It may have been a different forum, but it seemed to work out really well; lightweight, sturdy, handle at one end to carry it. Size would seem to be the only issue. Maybe a restaurant supply store would carry larger sizes?

    David
     
  16. bobbtoz

    bobbtoz Silver Supporting Member

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    I'll be tackling my own custom made pedalboard w/ in the near future. Good to see all these ideas to copy from.
     

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