What You Will Need

An Old Typewriter Case

what_you_ll_need--000

what_you_ll_need--003

This typewriter case came with a detachable lid. It simply pops off with a push of a button.

Tools Picture

Tools

  • Table saw (if available)
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses

 

supplies

Building Materials

  • Spray paint
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Velcro
  • 1/2 inc plywood
  • Sand paper

 

Step 1 – Measure

I measured the length, width and height of my typewriter case. I wanted a general idea of how much room I had to work with. If you need a lot of pedal board space this particular pedal board build may not be for you. That being said I did have 5 BOSS pedals, a tuner, a Big Muff and a power supply that fit into this typewriter case. The pictures I provided for this article only show 4 BOSS pedals because I removed an equalizer I didn’t need anymore prior to me taking pictures.

My Case Measures

Length – 13 inches

Width – 13 inches

Height – 5 inches

step_1--000 step_1--001 step_1--002

Step 2 – Cut 

I used a circular saw to cut out six pieces of plywood for the pedal board frame. If you have a table saw nearby it would be easier than using a circular saw. I just used what I had available to me.

I am providing a template I used to illustrate the pieces that make up the pedal board and the dimensions for these pieces. The dimensions of the six pieces is what worked for the typewriter case I have. Your case may require different dimensions so measure carefully.

step_2--000 step_2--001 step_2--002

Step 3 – Sand/Paint/Assemble

At this point I sanded, spray painted, then assembled the six pieces. I pre­-drilled holes for the wood screws to avoid the cheap plywood from splitting. I wish I had reached deeper into my wallet and got a good quality hardwood as opposed to cheap plywood. Although I did not use wood glue for my frame I encourage you to consider using it on yours especially if using plywood as it may add some needed stability.

I also added Velcro to the underside of the pedals and the top of the frame to keep the pedals from sliding around. A little goes a long way.

step_3--002 step_3--000 step_3--001

 

Step 4 – Install Pedals/Cables

I was able to fit a big muff and a MXR power supply under the frame. I drilled out a few holes so I can have access to the big muff’s buttons.

step_4_--000step_4_--001

I added the rest of my pedals to the top of the board and secured them into place.

step_4_--002

I won’t get into a signal path description here because I am just covering the typewriter case and
the frame within.

step_4_--003

Side view

step_4_--004

The lid has detachable hinges that pop on and off with the press of a button.

step_4_--005 step_4_--006 step_4_--007