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#1
Well, after several weeks of hard work, I've finally finished my first pedalboard and I thought it was time to start a build thread to show what I've been up to in my spare time. I decided to base my first DIY pedalboard on the well-known IKEA GORM design (who comes up with these names?). So I headed out to the local IKEA in Renton, WA and paid $4.00 for a GORM shelf and another $4.00 for two side boards. The dimensions of this thing are just slightly larger than a PedalTrain Jr.

Here's the initial layout I had in mind. I used some paper cutouts for pedals I hadn't bought yet.

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#2
A friend of mine at work used his table saw to cut the side boards to size.

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#3
Nice. but this thread makes more sense in the gear building part of the forum.

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#4
I marked the location for some screw holes so I could use the original iron bolts to hold this thing together.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#5
I decided to go with a bright orange spray paint finish for this pedalboard to match it up with my Orange Tiny Terror and my orange-Tolex covered Avatar 1x12 cab. It's an acquired taste, but I like it. I pre-sprayed the areas where the iron bolts would go (along with 4 thick washers) so I could install these pieces when I glued everything together, and then mask off the black bolts when it was time to start painting.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#6
On one of the rare sunny weekend days in Seattle, I managed to spray the top and back of the board before the sky turned black. The semi-circular cutouts you see are for the thin but quarter-shaped round 1/4" connectors I decided to use for cabling. I made three cutouts, with the one at the top extra deep because of the narrower gap at the top of the board.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#7
Also, don't post each pic in a separate post.

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#9
You can see the masked-off bolts in this photo.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#11
Here's my first test fitting after applying the paint. It looks good (and by now, I'm only waiting on my KORG Pitchblack as the BOSS FS-5U has arrived).

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#12
Nice man. I've been building my own, but I stopped in the winter (shops outside and cold). I'll try and finish it soon, it's pretty similar to yours.
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#13
Quote by helsinki_vampir
Also, don't post each pic in a separate post.


Quote by DartS17
Nice build , but i suggest putting all the pics in one/two post(s)


Why? On other sites, I'm not allowed to include more than 2 or 3 pictures per post. What wrong with having separate posts for each step?
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#14
Now it started raining and I was unable to finish painting the underside for nearly a week. This left me with a lot of time on my hands. After playing with the pedals on the board, it looked like the bottom board was flexing a little so I decided to add a stabilizing board to the center of the pedalboard. Here I'm attaching the fitted stabilizer to the underside of the board with some Gorilla glue and some giant bolts and a jar of jelly for some weight.

Adding this stabilizer introduced a major design flaw (Design Flaw #1) into my board. Can you see what the problem is? If not, you'll find out later.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#15
Finally! The sun peaked out long enough one morning (a Tuesday or Wednesday, I think) for me to quickly do the underside. I needed a 30 minute window, and Mother Nature gave me 35 minutes before the rain started up again.

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#16
Later that night, I decided to get started putting Velcro on all my pedals. Here I am applying the plasticky/hook side to the bottom of my pedals. But then...I started thinking: "Hummm, should I be using the hook side or the soft/fuzzy side for the pedals?" I started a thread on HCEF and was told that the hook side is the conventional side. But then some folks said that with the soft side, I'd be able to take my pedals off and use them on tables or floors without scratching things up. Also, all my BOSS pedals had really bumpy bottoms and the soft Velcro side seemed like it would fit better.

So, reluctantly I ripped off all the hook side Velcro from my pedals (Design Flaw #2) and started over.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#17
After that, I put the hook side Velcro on to the board. Even though this is the unconventional way to do it, I was happy that I changed my mind. Cutting the Velcro was really easy on my rubber cutting board using a metal ruler marked off with both inches and centimeters (I tried to make this a ‘Metric Build&rsquo. I also bought a box of 100 single-edge razors for less than $7.00 and I made sure to use new blades frequently.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#18
Stop posting in a new post each time, just congeal each one. Its not necessary to do it this way, and anyway, double and triple posts are against the rules.
#19
After that, it was time for another test fitting. Now at least my pedals can defy gravity if I turn the board upside down!

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#20
So: back to Design Flaw #1. Remember those cutouts I made early on? I did this because of the thin but wide format of the connectors I decided to use. Here are some close-ups of me showing how to insert a connector through the cutouts.



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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#21
The flaw was that with the stabilizing board running down the center of the board, I wouldn't be able to get my speaker cables over to the right side of the board! Doohh! What an idiot! So, I had to cut out some squares from the Velcro on the right side, break out my Dremel tool again, and make new cutouts. Then I had to do some touch up repainting and cut out 3 Velcro patches. This set me back a day.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#22
Next it was time to break out the soldering iron and start making cables. I practiced using a scrap piece of 12" cabling; after 45 minutes I figured out the right way to solder the cabling to the thin connectors. I also had to use my hand drill to slightly enlarge the hole for the center cable. Each cable was cut to minimal length and the connectors were attached with the cables making a natural twist relative to the pedals they would be attached to.

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#23
After making the cables, it was time to install some rubber feet. I looked high and low for some black rubber feet, but the only ones I could find that were rugged and tall enough were white (and they hung out over the edge a centimeter on each side). Oh well, function over form in this case.



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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#24
Then, it was time to attach a power strip. I used a combination of Velcro and some plastic tie downs. These fit nicely through the holes on the end piece of wood. I used a 1 Spot 9-volt adapter for every pedal except for my Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man which requires a 24-volt adapter. To make that adapter fit, I had to drive out to Frys in Renton, WA and buy a $3.49 Power Strip Liberator. Finally, I attached the EXH adapter with Velcro and a tie down of its own.

Then I spent some time carefully folding and wrapping all of the loose wires which I secured with some black electrical tape.

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#25
Yeah! I'm done. Here's a shot of my completed pedalboard in its new home -- in my guitar practice corner just in front of the rosewood liquor cabinet that sits between my SG Classic and my rack of guitars and my Avatar 1x12 and Tiny Terror. I also spared no expense on cabling and made new thicker cables for my guitars and for connecting the pedalboard to the amp. (I was amazed how much better they sounded compared to the Monster cables I was using previously.)

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#26
And here's an action shot of me doing my thang with my right foot while playing my Fender Jaguar Classic Player Special HH in the foreground!

This was a great project that took much longer than it needed to, and on which I spent more than I should have (although I still came in much lower than the $100 cost of a PedalTrain Jr. plus $170 for a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power +). I figure I spent under $100. But I also kept myself out of trouble for a few weeks.

Next up: I'm planning to build a couple of clone pedals from "General Guitar Gadgets". I'll start things off with a ProCo RAT clone! I figure there's room for at least 3 new pedals on my board!

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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#27
Quote by helsinki_vampir
Nice. but this thread makes more sense in the gear building part of the forum.


I don't agree. Building an amp or a pedal involves some serious soldering skills and is in a different league altogether compared to building a pedalboard. This is the forum with the "Show Us Your Pedalboard" threads, so I decided to post here.

I'm showing you guys my pedalboard, but I'm also showing you how I built it.
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#28
Quote by Armchair Bronco
I don't agree. Building an amp or a pedal involves some serious soldering skills and is in a different league altogether compared to building a pedalboard. This is the forum with the "Show Us Your Pedalboard" threads, so I decided to post here.

I'm showing you guys my pedalboard, but I'm also showing you how I built it.


So then why are you not posting this in the show us your pedalboard thread? And building is still building. also the guys over there appreciate it more when you post pics on how you build something. Over here it would have been enough with like 3 to 5 pics in the first post with all the text instead of each pic its own post.

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#29
Quote by helsinki_vampir
So then why are you not posting this in the show us your pedalboard thread? And building is still building. also the guys over there appreciate it more when you post pics on how you build something. Over here it would have been enough with like 3 to 5 pics in the first post with all the text instead of each pic its own post.


Well, whatever. Sheesh. Seems like there's always one guy on this site who gets upset about something or other. Guess that guy is you for this thread! Congrats!

Go ahead and report me and maybe someone can move this thread where it belongs or delete it or whatever.

For the life of me, I'll NEVER, EVER understand why folks on a forum start complaining about having to read a thread after they've taken the time to click on the darn link and then read through the thread! If you're bothered so much by it, then don't click on the link and don't read the thread.
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Gibson SG Classic, Fender CP Jaguar Special HH, '65 RI Mustang
'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
#31
Quote by minibrowny
Stop posting in a new post each time, just congeal each one. Its not necessary to do it this way, and anyway, double and triple posts are against the rules.


Guys, I did it this way because I copied the template I used on other sites, and on those sites, you CAN'T make one mondo post: you need to make lots of smaller posts.

Rules are rules, but can someone please explain to me why making standalone posts for each step is such a major FAUX PAUX that everyone is getting all bent out of shape?

Honestly, if I had known about this in advance, I would have consolidated everything into one post, but other than artificially inflating my post count for this thread, what's the harm? We've still got about the same number of electrons flowing over the wire.

Furthermore, if I had been adding posts to this thread in real time, then there would have been NO opportunity to consolidate everything. So are you telling me that either: A) real-time build threads are not allowed because this might risk the dreaded "double post"; or B) build threads must be consolidated into one post, by repeatedly editing the original post? That's ridiculous no matter how you slice it.
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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
Last edited by Armchair Bronco at Mar 15, 2009,
#32
Quote by WtrPlyr
Looks nice but put all the info in one or two posts or I'm reporting you, it's really really annoying now.


THAT'S FREAKIN' IT!

I'm outta here! Too many rules and regulations, and this site still throws up those annoying spam ads.

I've never seen so many rules and regulations and upset people. All I did was start a thread showing how I built a pedalboard. And I made the fatal mistake of not doing it in a single post.

See you guys later! I won't be back here for a long time!
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'65 Ampeg Gemini I G-12 Combo, Orange Tiny Terror
Last edited by Armchair Bronco at Mar 15, 2009,
#33
Quote by Armchair Bronco
I decided to go with a bright orange spray paint finish for this pedalboard to match it up with my Orange Tiny Terror and my orange-Tolex covered Avatar 1x12 cab. It's an acquired taste, but I like it. I pre-sprayed the areas where the iron bolts would go (along with 4 thick washers) so I could install these pieces when I glued everything together, and then mask off the black bolts when it was time to start painting.




How very phallic

Though i do agree that this should go in the Building forum, I'd still like to say that that is a very tidy pedalboard, and i am indeed jealous
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#34
Quote by Armchair Bronco
THAT FREAKIN' IT!

I'm outta here! Too many rules and regulations, and this site still throws up those annoying spam ads.

I've never seen so many rules and regulations and upset people. All I did was start a thread showing how I built a pedalboard. And I made the fatal mistake of not doing it in a single post.

See you guys later! I won't be back here for a long time!



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#35
Quote by Armchair Bronco
Guys, I did it this way because I copied the template I used on other sites, and on those sites, you CAN'T make one mondo post: you need to make lots of smaller posts.

Well, this is a different site. Here you CAN'T make dubbelposts. It's annoying.

Quote by Armchair Bronco
Honestly, if I had known about this in advance, I would have consolidate everything into one post, but other than artificially inflating my the post count for this thread, what's the harm? We've still got about the same number of electrons flowing over the wire.

Then please edit everything into 1 or 2 posts and delete the other 100000

Quote by Armchair Bronco
Furthermore, if I had been adding posts to this thread in real time, then there would have been NO opportunity to consolidate everything. So are you telling me that either: A) real-time build threads are not allowed because this might risk the dreaded "double post"; or B) build threads must be consolidated into one post, by repeatedly editing the original post? That's ridiculous no matter how you slice it.

If you post a real time build thread there is more time between your posts, most of the time other people already posted which doesn't make it a dubblepost.

Now please edit
#36
you guys are all asses. he did a great job and all you guys did was trash the way he went about posting it. seriously get over yourselves
#38
Quote by cpick2014
you guys are all asses. he did a great job and all you guys did was trash the way he went about posting it. seriously get over yourselves


+1

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#39
Wow, you guys are worthless. The guy makes a good thread and gets his head bitten off. Now you wonder why the forum is clogged up with spider and mg threads, the good threads get reported!

Hopefully you didn't leave. The pedalboard is great, almost makes me wanna buy a few more pedals so I can build one! The orange and black go together quite nicely.
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#40
Excellent build! I want to do something like this in the future when I get more pedals.

Quote by Kevin Saale
Wow, you guys are worthless. The guy makes a good thread and gets his head bitten off. Now you wonder why the forum is clogged up with spider and mg threads, the good threads get reported!

Agreed 100%. Couldn't have said it any better myself.
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