I’ve moved into a more permanent home-studio space (hence the huge gap between blog posts). As such I’m trying to organise the room a bit better, and one thing that especially needed a solution was the mess of guitar pedals on the floor under my desk.
My bandmate uses a Pedaltrain Classic Jr which looked the ideal size for my purposes- (typically I use about 4 or 5 pedals) but I began to wonder if there was a cheaper alternative. Googling ‘DIY Pedalboard’, I discovered that IKEA sell shelves which are easily converted; the current shelf-of-choice for guitarists seems to be the HEJNE. As it happens, there’s an IKEA up the road from me so I popped in with the intention of getting a set of HEJNE shelves. However I discovered something much better*…. the KNAGGLIG.
*Well okay- this worked out well for me, I can’t actually speak about how good the HEJNE shelves are as a pedalboard because I didn’t buy them in the end.
Here’s what’s good about the KNAGGLIG:
- The size. It’s actually a bit shallower front-to-back than a Pedaltrain Classic Jr, but there’s enough room to fit a decent collection of pedals. Crucially, there’s enough of a gap between the the wooden slats to run cables through.
- The ease of conversion. You only need to make two cuts with a saw to turn the KNAGGLIG into a pedalboard. You can even use the provided screws to hold the thing together.
- The price. It’s £9. Granted, that’s £4 more than the HEJNE shelves but you can make two identical pedalboards out of one box.
The wood just after cutting- the side of the box (r) is used as the main pedal platform. The bottom of the box (l) has the slats too close together to run cables through.
This is basically as far as the construction goes – screws are included.
Couple of issues- if you’ve got a cheap bulky unbranded power brick like I have, it won’t fit underneath the board. Most decent ones from Voodoo Labs or T-Rex should be fine though, especially if you add rubber feet to your creation. Also I initially ran out of velcro tape before I fully covered the board, so best to buy two rolls. And it goes without saying that a home-made pine pedalboard won’t stand up to gigs as well as a purpose-built metal one….I’m not planning on any heavy duty action with this but it’s fine for keeping things a bit more organised at home.
IKEA also make a smaller, cheaper version of the KNAGGLIG for £5; I had a look at this in store and decided it wasn’t big enough, but it would probably work if you only want to run a couple of pedals, or if all your pedals are really tiny. If you need more room on the board, shelves seem to be the way to go. Have fun.