*Image provided by Joe Brady Photography
Have too many old skateboards lying around and don’t know what to use them for? Want to show off just how pop punk you and your band really are? Then you should definitely consider converting your boring old pedal board into a Skateboard Pedal Board.
This step by step guide was put together by a user on imgur, slightlyusefulinfo. In this guide, the pedals will be held on by zip ties, but there are velcro alternatives. You won’t have as much space as other pedals boards, but if you don’t run with a lot of pedals and effects this could be a cool alternative for you!
This will take about 3 hours out of your day.
You’ll also need: your skateboard, a blow drier, a philips screwdriver, a crescent wrench, a drill with regular and wood boring bits, and of course, zip ties.
(Optional: sandpaper, acetone (nail polish remover), and wood oil or paint.)
Remove the trucks
The bolts spin freely, so you’ll need to use the crescent wrench on one side and the screwdriver on the other, simultaneously.
Remove the griptape
Use the blow drier to heat the grip tape at one end. Pull up the edge, and keep heating the tape as you go.
Remove the glue residue
Griptape leaves behind sticky stuff. I tried to remove it with sandpaper, but it didn’t work very well. Finally, I used nail polish remover and the scratchy side of a sponge. It worked, but predictably, it dried the hell out of the wood.
Step 4 (Optional):
Oil yer wood
Depending on whether you used the acetone, you may want to oil the board to prevent cracking (and make it pretty). Other options include paint or varnish.
Plot the layout
Determine where you want to put holes in the board. More holes means more options for mounting, but don’t turn it into swiss cheese. I went with 3 rows of holes, 4.9 cm apart horizontally and 4 cm apart vertically. I offset the middle row because I was concerned that lining up the holes would weaken it.
Drill the holes
First drill small holes all the way through with a normal bit. Flip the board over and switch to a wood boring bit. I opted for 1/2″. Drill halfway through with the boring bit. Flip back to the top and drill the rest of the way through. The reason for this is to prevent/reduce slitting and splintering.
Mount the trucks
Remove the wheels and tighten the trucks (tighten the nut on the kingpins, at the center of each truck). Remount the trucks onto the board. I found that the board was still a little unstable, so I put the bearings on it, then tightened the nut onto the bolt until the bearings couldn’t turn.
Arrange and ziptie the pedals
Pedals on top, power supply on bottom.
And that’s it! A cool alternative to your typical pedal board setup. You could easily do this with another skateboard so that you have more room. But with this, you’re well on your way to showing everyone that you are the most pop punk person they know (and have fun doing DIY projects)!