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more... DIYHow-TosPedalboardPedal ProjectsOctober 2013

DIY Pedalboard Build

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Step 5
To assemble the frame, we need holes for the screws. I used a kreg jig to pre-drill all the holes with a 3/8" drill bit. for a secure fit, I used two 1 1/4" screws for the front two edges, and three for each of the back corners. be sure to use fine-threaded screws, which prevent splintering and hold things together much tighter. While you’re tightening the screws, make sure everything is square and level so it won’t rock back and forth during use—the last thing you need to worry about while performing is whether you’re stomping too hard.

Step 6
In order for the signal and power cables to pass efficiently throughout the board, I opted for a slotted pattern on the top piece. I used a 1/2" straight bit in my router to cut each channel. Each slot was 7" long, and I left 6" of wood between each pair. Be careful about placing the slots too close together—it can weaken the top of the pedalboard.

Step 7
To attach the top piece, I used the Kreg jig and a 3/8" drill bit to pre-drill three pairs of holes along each surface. I spaced them 7" apart along the front and back, and 3" apart along the sides. The top of my board is 1/2" thick, so I used 1” wood screws that wouldn’t puncture the top surface. Using screws rather than glue makes it so I can easily remove the top if I ever want to replace or repair anything.

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