This is the first of a two part post on how to build a homemade pedalboard.
Homemade Pedalboard construction is easy. At the end of the day, we’re talking about a plank of wood, some effects, and some short patch cables. In this article, we’re going for a cheap and easy way to make a homemade pedalboard. Effects go on the board and cables plug everything in. If you’re playing mostly in your studio and need a small board to keep a few of your pedals ready to pull out and jam when the moment strikes, then this is your board. You can get the board materials for around $38. The power supply is $37 by itself, and the patch cable kit is another $20. Assuming you already have a basic drill and screwdriver, after it is all said and done, this board should cost less than $100 (not including the effects).
Homemade Pedalboard Tools:
To build this board, you will need: 1 a pre-cut board ~$10, 1 cabinet handle ~$3, 1 package of Stompsters ~$20, 1 Visual Sound power chain power supply ~37.99, 1 Live Wire Advantage custom cable kit ~$20, 1 package of small zip ties ~$3).
You will need the following tools: a drill motor and bit set and a Phillips screw driver. I use a reversible bit that will allow you to drill pilot holes and then flip it over and install a screw.
Homemade Pedalboard Basics:
I am going to assume you know some basics about buying wood. If you don’t, or you need a refresher, check out my article on wood selection. For this example, I chose a piece of pre-cut Poplar. It measures 2′ X 1′ X 3/4″ and cost just under $10.
Start by gathering your pedals and arranging them in the basic layout that you want. Here I have chosen a Volume Pedal, Wah-Wah, Tuner, Tube Screamer, and an A/B switch. For more information on pedalboard layouts, check out this article.
Once you get an idea of what the final layout will be, start by attaching the handle. To do this, measure the board long ways and make a mark in the dead center (use a pencil, so you can erase the mark later). Then take the handle and measure it against the mark, making a small mark where each hole of the handle will be. Then measure 1/2″ from the edge of the board to those marks, and cross them making an X. This is where you will drill your holes for the handle.
Now take the bolts that came with the handle and choose a drill bit for them. The bit needs to be just larger than the bolt. Drill straight through the X’s and then thread the bolts through the holes into the handle. (If the holes end up being slightly off, use the drill to slightly widen the holes until it fits).
The second part of this two part article series can be found at Homemade Pedalboard 2.