When I built my last pedalboard about 2,5 years ago, I already had in mind what pedalboard to build after that one. I just didn’t have the money at that time. Now that the time has come and I started to plan my meant-to-be-the-last-one pedalboard build. I watched dozens of youtube videos, researched further and I figured out, what I need to have to make it future-proof and not gigantic at the same time.

To find out which size I need I took all my pedals, plugged in dummy connectors, draw some lines on a piece of wood and began to move things around. It looks like this:

I used a method Mason Meringella aka the rig doctor shows in this video:

Having found a rough idea of the dimensions, I researched if there is a board on the market, which fits my needs. Indeed there is one. A Schmidt Array 650 XDM. 
unfortunately way to expensive for my budget. (about 1250€) Also I would need some extra modifications to fit the patchbays. So I decided to build it myself with the help of friend of mine, who is fortunately a carpenter. I took the dimensions and started to draw a 3D model in shapr3D, an awesome app for iOS.

Having the measurements fixed I built a prototype out of old wood I found in the basement at my mothers place. I put everything together and it that was already quite satisfying. 

With a prototype in my hands I could play around with the placement of all the pedals. Doing so with a real model is a different thing. I discovered some obstacles, found solutions, discovered more problems and solved them etc…. I think I found a quite good order and solution. About all the criteria and thoughts which went into that process is for another episode of this series.

so far so good. next Sunday we start to actually build the final pedalboard. we’ll start by assembling a simple box, literally just four sides glued together. at least we will use real dovetail joints to make it stable.
After the glue has done its magic, we will cut the box into two pieces in the next session. doing so, the lid will fit perfectly. I hope you’ve enjoyed being part of the journey so far…… let me know if you have any questions.