Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Make a Guitar Effect Pedal Board

I made a Guitar Effect Pedal Board about two years ago, and of course, my collection of pedals has changed a lot.  I challenged myself to make one with my Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine.  It's made from 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood with holes in the top for routing cables under the board.  Check out my video of this project below.

I designed this project using the Inventables EASEL online software.  There are three cut jobs in the project, a Top Board, 2 Side Pieces, and a Front Cover.  I used a pattern from the Easel Pro library to V-Carve a cool diamond pattern on the sides.  Click here to open my EASEL project to see how it's designed and make one yourself.

Easel Pro Pedal Board Design

It took about 2 hours of machine time to cut all of the parts using the default settings, which are very conservative.  I did a two-stage carve on the two side pieces.  I used a V-Bit to carve the diamond pattern, then used an 1/8" straight bit to cut out the shapes.

CNC Pedal Board Sides

I cut the Front and Back covers to the correct height with a 7 degree bevel to line up with the angle of the side pieces.  I glued the four sides together, then glued that assembly to the underside of the top.  The bottom was screwed on for easy access to run the cables inside the board.  I added non-skid rubber pads to the bottom of the board.

CNC Pedal Board Glue Up

The pedal board is finished with Deft Clear Wood Finish Satin spray lacquer.  I attached the pedals using Velcro strips.  I highly recommend these Flat Guitar Patch Cables for saving space between the pedals.  Thanks for checking out my pedal board project!

CNC Pedal Board

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