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Custom Guitar Pedal Travel Case

This weekend I finally got some time to build up a project I’ve been planning for a few months now. I got enough pedals to where I just don’t have enough room for them on the pedal board I had. Also, all the wires were a pain in the ass and jumbled up. I seen a couple  examples online and they were all around $200-$500 for the size I needed. (1, 2, 3) I’ve had leftover wood from a mirror project I did a few months ago, so I planned something out more to my needs and easier on the bank account. I came up with a 19″ x  29″ hard, powered pedal board / travel case.

All the Plans I need
All the Plans I need

My biggest needs was to be able to layout in a useful manner all of my pedals. Because I have 10 of them, I needed to be able to tap one on or off without crushing another. Also, I had a wireless system that barely got any use so I wanted to incorporate that as well. I decided to go with a 2 level setup to maximize my space available. There were a couple examples on youtube that gave me a few ideas that I wanted to add such as the skid pads on the bottom and the velcro shelf for storage. All my plans are sketched up in my book first so I don’t have specific plans but you can still make up the same if you wanted.

Everything assembled, wires routed and painted.
Everything assembled, wires routed and painted.

First thing was to setup the layout, I needed at least a 11 inch long space for my wah pedal and another 7 for the wireless system and cables which I wanted off on the right side. I also gave myself enough space to fit 5 extra boss size pedals alongside. so with a interior space of 18″ x 28″ I framed off the basic spot and started planning out how I wanted the second level and under space as well. After laying out the interior space, I built up and cut the angles for the sides. I screwed together the main frame inside but left the top back only velcro’ed for access to all the wires. The lid is a flat cover so that it wouldn’t take up any more space as it’s about 6 inches tall after the 2nd level.

All Finished and ready to travel.
All Finished and ready to travel.

A quick coat of paint and some latches from Home Depot and it was ready to go. I went with a dark green since I had it from a pong table I made, and it was something different then the flat black that all the other cases are. While I was waiting for the base coat to dry, I even went and cut out some stencils to spray on. Everything was done with 5/8″ MDF board and 3/4″ wood screws and some extra paint I had leftover in the closet. The only Hardware that I had to go out and buy was Velcro, the 3 sets of Trunk latches, A carry handle and rubber anti-skid feet. All in all, it took about 3 hours of work and $22 bucks to get a great case that will last longer than the pedals probably will.

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