Bass / Guitar Players pedalboard build

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Blog series by dbhost updated 11-08-2015 08:10 AM 7 parts 8121 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Requirements and design concept.

10-30-2015 02:16 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

Like many of you, I have other interests beyond woodworking that sometimes cross over. For me, it is music. I am a bass player, and staring to learn to play guitar (Thank you Yousician!). My Bass rig, while not exactly what you are going to see a stadium rock band bass player use, is quite extensive for a weekend warrior type. Including effects pedals, and I needed a way to organize them, and keep them where I want them when in use. This brought my V1 pedalboard. It’s an 18”...

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Part 2: Making the cuts for the laterals...

10-30-2015 09:56 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So digging through my scrap bins, I found some usable pieces of 1/2” ply, yeah it’s sheathing grade, but this is going to be slathered with truck bed liner so it doesn’t really matter. I set my fence to rip 2”, double checked, and ripped away, I now have 6 24” x 2” strips. Ready to rock. I need to rip a few more… I set the angle cutting jig, double checked it, triple checked it, and walked away when I just wasn’t getting it right. I need t...

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Part 3: Assembly done, some modification to the plan due to idiot forgetting basic math.

10-31-2015 04:15 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

Don’t cha hate it when you don’t get your fence set quite right, and you repeat the error? Yep, I did it. And managed to get a top side with 4 horizontal slats instead of 4. No biggie, just annoying that I would be stupid enough to do that… Yep the structure is done. The holes are drilled. Good thing the center support his hidden underneath. I had some trouble with the spade bit I used. Yeah stupid me. All that is left to do is coat it with bed liner, let it cure, h...

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Part 4: A recoverable failure.

10-31-2015 06:35 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So I went into the shop today to shake up the can of Bedliner in a spray can and found 2 issues… #1. Iforgot I gave the bedliner stuff to my brother in law, so switch to matte black paint.. I have that in a brush on can. Time to shake a can, and shake, and shake, and shake… #2. While I was shaking and looking at the pedal board, something was off alignment wise on the right side piece to the front. Closer inspection shows that the 1/2” plywood, even though it was pre d...

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Part 5: Very humid today, paint is still wet!

11-02-2015 04:50 AM by dbhost | 6 comments »

Due to the heavy rains we have been experiencing lately it would appear that my shop humidity has gotten quite high, which seems to be causing my paint to not dry. It’s not just tacky still, it’s flat out wet it spots. The weather is supposed to be drying up quickly though. I have lots of work, as in day job work sucking up my evenings this week, so I won’t be working in the shop again until at the soonest Thursday. So we are in a holding pattern… Gotta love stag...

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Part 6: Sticky gooey.

11-04-2015 04:26 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So coat #1 being done in 2 parts, top, then bottom, is still drying on the bottom. It would appear I managed to get a few runs in the paint as well. Not sure I care, the idea is matte black to reduce the visible stage presence of this device. The intent behind this is functional with “5 foot” looks, as in if you can’t tell the problems at 5 feet away they don’t matter. The humidity around me has been fluctuating like crazy this week, so the paint is taking forever t...

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Part 7: Pedal Board for bass done. Some mistakes, some success.

11-08-2015 08:10 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Well, I finished up the pedal board, more or less, and here it is in its matte black glory! Construction is 1/2” reclaimed plywood that was from Hurricane Ike wreckage (Still going through that stuff). It is butt jointed, glued, and screwed. The finish is matte black high temp barbecue paint (I had it, and I didn’t want gloss as this will be on stage so it needed to kind of hide…) It helps me arrange my cables to where I am not kicking them when I try to activate t...

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