Drilling the Enclosure
- Intro to DIY Pedal Building
- Beginner’s Course in Sketchup, Modeling a 125B Guitar Pedal Enclosure
- Drilling a 125B Guitar Effects Pedal Enclosure
- Pedal Enclosure Finishing: Surface Prep, Priming and Painting
- Using GIMP to Create Pedal Artwork
- Printing and Applying Waterslide Decal to Pedal Enclosure
Now that we’ve modeled the enclosure and printed a drilling template, we’re ready to jump out of Sketchup and into the real world.
In this video, I’ll be demonstrating how to accurately drill the holes in a diecast aluminum 125B guitar pedal enclosure, preparing to install the electronics. I’m using the drilling template we printed in part 2. The pedal I’m building is a modified Ross compressor, using a printed circuit board purchased from GuitarPCB.
Funny, I just noticed while reviewing the final video edit that I was saying “barrel” instead of “bezel” for the LED bezel. I guess I was channeling my inner Cooper.
Some of the resources used in this video:
- Carl Professional Rotary Trimmer
- Automatic punch
- 3/32” drill bit- always handy. Buy a cheap 10-pack in case you break one.
- Unibit stepped drill bit. I’ve since purchased this unbelievably cheap set from Harbor Freight which has steps down to 1/8”
- Round file
- Fractional calipers – one of my favorite tools
- Weller WES51 soldering station
- Pot back covers – or just make your own with heat shrink, or electrical tape
- See more pedal-building resources in the Intro to DIY Pedal Building