In the first episode we explained the problem and had a brief look at a somewhat working yet flawed solution.

Brief:

Problem: Pedals, pedals everywhere!

Solution #2: A piece of wood, cut in smaller pieces

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Pictured above is a piece of wood, 900x300x18 [mm] with some pencil marks (later revised). The plan is to cut this thing up to make a board roughly 690×300. First plan was 600×300 but after placing a few pedals on that area I realized I wanted it a little bit bigger.

Here’s the original plan:

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The idea is having three boards, 80×690, with a bit of space in between and three pieces, 70×300, holding it all together. Finally a 60×690 board at the back to give it a bit of an angle.

I probably should’ve measured or at least though about pedal size before settling but with the work being done mainly while both kids are asleep at the weekend the window of time is not that great. And I’m inpatient…

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The first actual piece of work done! These are the three 70×300 pieces supposed to hold everything together. I don’t have a proper work bench but a bar stool and some clamps works just as good! Baby monitor featured in the last picture…

Using a hand saw was a bit heavy for a slender person like myself. I do own an electrical circular saw but I’ve never used one and am a bit worried I’d not be handling it correctly and lose a lot of blood.

Note that I’ve cut these bearing pieces against the fibers… Not the recommended way to do it, I’ve heard.

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This is the end result. It took me two days to get them done… Had I used the circular saw I’d have been done in half an hour.

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And this is roughly what it all will look like put together. Looks pretty nice! Not perfect when it comes to the spacing, but it looks like it’ll work.

Next time we’ll search the house for some dried out wood glue to put everything together!

Pedal board build series:
Part I
Part II

Annonser

I’ve come to like pedals. I’ve soldered a few together, bought a few and repaired or modified most of them. But when it comes to playing I’ve rarely used more than one or two at a time. It’s always been a hassle bringing a couple of pedals and a bunch of cables in a backpack, a wah-pedal for a ten second part in one song… Oops, forgot the split cable for the power supply, got to run and buy batteries at 7-11!

Short version, I’m in dire need of something to attach my pedals to and a pedal board seems like something that would fit that description.

Most persons would probably make the good decision to go to the store and buy one. However, we have a family proverb that goes ”Varför köpa för fem spänn det jag kan bygga själv för en tia?”. Roughly Americanized: ”Why buy for a nickel that which I can build myself for a dime”.

Solution #1: Cardboard box from IKEA packaging in a laptop bag.

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This is an arranged picture (although the cardboard box is authentic). The real thing sported five pedals + a wah on the side. Power supply consists of a strip of outlets and two 9V AC/DC adapters.

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Pedals stays close to where you put them
  • Keep the cabling between sessions
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Looks cheap
  • Not much room
  • Flat surface makes stomping a bit hard
  • Lacking in sturdiness
  • Cabling quickly became a crows nest
  • Pedals not properly secured
  • Low life expectancy with heavy use
  • Probably does not invoke a professional expectation

Verdict:

Better than nothing, Some of the problems could probably be solved but the concept seems flawed and not really worth to expand on.

My first solution, although useful, was somewhat sub-optimal. So some weeks ago I bought myself a piece of cheap wood (900x300x18) at JULA (which I guess might be something like Home Depot although I’ve never been to one). My dad’s a carpenter and engineer so I should, genetically speaking, be able to produce at least something. Possibly.

Stay tuned for Part II, in which we turn a piece of wood into smaller pieces of wood!

Pedal board series
Part I
Part II