Wood Trimming Your Home-Made Pedalboard

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This is the first addition to the basic pedal board. If you missed the article where we showed you how to build your own pedal board, you should check it out!

Here, we transform this:


Into this:


A little more fancy? The board shown is a Micro (12″ X 12″) and has some fancy carpet installed but, black carpeted ones look good with the wood trim, too. If you have already built your board and are using it, not to worry. You only have to remove the handle to add the trim. No other mods are required.

It’s easy and fun, and the end result can be spectacular. If you have the tools and the know-how, you might want to miter the corners for a cleaner finish. Since this is a guitar site and not a woodworking site and, since the majority of our readers aren’t woodworkers, I didn’t do this. I didn’t even do it on my own board!

Anyway, the board came out great, costs about $2.28 for the wood on the board shown and is worth the effort in my opinion. Add the stain, 1/2 pint is plenty, and the finish, $1.97 at Wally World, plus one finish putty stick, about $2.00 and you’ve added around $10.00 to the basic board. I think the look says $40.00, but that’s just me.

The instructions are in two parts (at the bottom of this article): Trimming Your Pedalboard With Wood, Part 1 and 2… (that must be a coincidence)

Part One covers buying the wood, picking stain, and the construction of the trim. Part two continues with the actual staining of the trim, applying the finish, attaching the trim to your board and touch-up. You will need the same tools and skills as you did to build the board, but it isn’t any different. Maybe a little easier actually.

As an enticement, here’s my personal board:


trim-pedalboard-4It’s a two-tiered with a the Wah shelf on the right, weird carpet, AC power input, plus signal in and out on the left side. The picture of the bottom (at left) shows my pedal power supply and all the signal wires zip-tied together and up out of harm’s way. It will get a bottom soon.

So, the things I’ve learned and figured out doing this board will be incorporated into future mods for the basic board covered in the build articles.

Things like:

A bottom, to keep your cabling safe.
Signal in and out on the board.
Power in – a standard 3-prong extension cord plugs into it.
How about a flip up dry erase board for your set list or effects setup?
The protective top, of course.
Build your own pedal power supply.

Those are just of the few things coming up for the board. There are many more how-to’s on the way as well. Make sure you keep up right here on Guitar-Muse. You don’t want to miss a thing! (Hey… that would be a good song title!)

Instructions For Trimming Your Pedal-Board:

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Doug Knight

Our “Man on the Street” reporter, with his “What’s New in Music Stores?” series, resides in Coos Bay, OR. You can find him on Friday nights at The Small Events Center at OrCoast Music in Coos Bay.

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