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Ivan Milenkovic
post Nov 23 2007, 09:09 PM
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Hi guys, a thought it would be usefull to post some pictures of my old custom made pedalborad. If you don`t have anything smarter to do in the next couple of days and have some ~50$ on the side, you can make some interesting thing for your babies smile.gif. I AM aware that there are a lot of mistakes made on this PB, but since it was my first project.. smile.gif Hvae fun!

I will post everything that I used, so you can get some inspiration. You don`t have to follow my instructions step to step, this is why i called custom. smile.gif In the beginning always plan ahead room for your pedals, taking in consideration pots, patch cables, distances, and leave some extra room for future pedals. Try out the pdals in the future position because they must feel comfortable when using on the pedaboad. Also do all the cabling in advance. THere are two types of cabling, power and signal. First do the power. See what will be your source of power (somekind of adapter - something lightweighted will be usefull). If you wanna carry your pedaboard around FIRST buy some casing (i boguht a 15$ cheap tool case and it has never failed me, see pictures at the bottom). WHEN you buy the case (taking in the consideration the layout of the pedals and dimensions) then build your pedalboad so it fits inside properly.

This ih how my old pedalboard looked from above:




Tools that I used:

1. Jigsaw (small teeth for thin wood, big teeth for fat board)
2. Drill
3. Hammer
4. Scaplel
5. Screwdrivers
6. Black Marker
7. Meter and ruler
8. Marking wood pen
9. Soldering Iron (for power cables)
10. Maybe some other things..

Material that I used:

1. Wooden board (the best is to use a light type of wooden, not a full wood, but some sintetic boards, i don` really know the translation for them). If yu dont wanna cut it yourself lot of companies sell precut pieces that you can order.
2. Wooden blocks (full wood because you need to drill some holes in them). This blocks are needed maybe if you are making a two-level pedalboard).
3. Carpeting material (you don`t need to put anything underneath the pedals but it look much nicer and neater when somekind of carpeting looking material is put there)
4. Screws and nails
5. Rubber "legs" for the pedalboard (you can screw them under the pedalboard to prevetn sliding and damaging the floor,stage or wood)
6. Patch and power cables (in found very cheap PROEL cables and some angle mono jacks, and for power i used some old power adaptor cables. Almost any cheap cabel with isolation will do for power as it is very low voltage - 9V)
7. GLue
8. Black paint - to look cool smile.gif
9. Metal handles( to put on the sides so you can lift your pedalboard up and down from a case easily)

This is it. Here how the finished produst looks in front with the pedals stilll on. On the left hand side yu can see an I\O box, although this is not nececcary (as the matter of fact it will only weaken your signal as i established later when i made it and glue it down hehe wink.gif ) Also in that box is the female power jack for power adapter). I made inside a network of cables for all my pedals and left spare if i buy some more)



Here we see the pedalboard on the right. Notice that the patches are going under the board. I tride to keep it neatly as i could but on expence of pedal changes. On the picture you can see a black plastic one-way connection string. I used this to tie the pedals to the board firmly in place. Mind that this pedals can only be cut off when changing the pedal sad.gif THey are cheap though..



From the left you can see the handle and the part of upper level of PB. You can also see a power jack for the neon light (i just had to do that tongue.gif )



Front view, bellow the upper board I installed the 6W bluelight (what was i thinking smile.gif ) Separete cable for that one. Insteda of these stupid light you can make something much more practical, a shite light that lighten up the pedals on dark stages. I needed that countless times!



You can see here those rubber legs and plastic brackets that go around the pedals.



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An here is that tool case ( i feel almoust bad because i sold it, it has really served me well, many guy ask me if i carry some one milion dollars in there or what laugh.gif )

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/4188/1

For my pedals i used filtered current (mandatory) 1000mA power adapter. THey can be vey cheap but if you wanna go on gigging with it buy something with a light weight and reasonable quality).

That`s it i hope it help and give you some insights and ideas how to make your own Pedaboards. Any suggestions are very welcome. Cheers

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post Nov 30 2007, 10:59 AM
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looks really good.
I'm not really good working wood.
If I were I would be interested in building one myself.
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post Nov 30 2007, 11:19 AM
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I`ve done this also with a piece of mdf, marked out my pedals and routed it out a little so they sit down in the board, I`ll post some pictures later, fraction of the cost compared to the pre made ones biggrin.gif


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post Nov 30 2007, 01:41 PM
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Really cool post Ivan - I like it a lot!


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Ok, some of you may have seen that I`m getting a podxt live for crimbo, but this is what I`ve been using up till now, just as Ivan did I decided ages ago that the price of the pedal boards where mad so set about making my own, was very simple and just took me a few hours over a couple of nights to do and I was really pleased with the reult, the other guitarist in my band has planned me making him one next year when he`s finished with his set.

I started with a plain piece of mdf, I cut it to the size I wanted and measured out the spacings then used the pedals as templates to draw around, once I did this I used a router to route out approx 5mm deep so the pedal would fit nice and snug in the recess and then hopefully I wouldnt need to use any velcro (fortunatly smile.gif this worked out perfect and they stayin there nicely).

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Once I`d done this I put the pedals in place and marked out where the power adapter plugs would need to come in, bit of a pain coz the Bheringer pedals the connectors on the side!, drilled the holes out, then once again with a special tool on the router finished off all the edges giving them a nice rounded look.

I then fed in the adapter cable and used gaffa tape to conceal them and protect them a bit, I need to raise the board at the back to a nice angle for my feet, so I found a pair of rubber soled shoes that my wife no longer required wink.gif (honest laugh.gif ) and cut the heels off, they where perfect for the job!

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then I sprayed the whole thing black, to finish off the job, placed the pedals in and hey presto my own pedal board, I love it its perfect for the job!

so here ya go the finished project

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Ivan Milenkovic
post Dec 1 2007, 01:27 AM
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Hey nice job there man. looks nice and tight smile.gif


I hope that we can encourage someother members to upload pics of their custom-made pedalboards. smile.gif That would be really cool!


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post Dec 1 2007, 01:30 AM
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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Dec 1 2007, 12:27 AM) *
Hey nice job there man. looks nice and tight smile.gif
I hope that we can encourage someother members to upload pics of their custom-made pedalboards. smile.gif That would be really cool!


Thanks Ivan, yea lets hope, I`m glad you posted yours, my mates took the mick when I said what I was doing till they see it, now they want one laugh.gif


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