Stomp boxes, often consisting of nothing more than an overturned wooden box, can be used as a toe-tapping instrument to add rhythm to a folk or country song. Making a durable, quality stomp box to fit your musical needs may take a little planning, but with some basic tools and the right materials, the process should go smoothly. Follow these basic steps to build your DIY stomp box.
Create the ends of the stomp box by positioning two 6 mm x 5 cm x 15 cm (1/4 x 2 x 6 inch) maple plywood boards approximately 30 cm (12 inches) apart and parallel to each other. Position one 6 mm x 5 cm x 32.5 cm (1/4 x 2 x 13 inch) maple plywood board perpendicular to one end piece. Repeat this step with the other end piece to form the sides of the box.
Apply a bead of wood glue across the entire top side of the box. Position one 6 mm x 5 cm x 32.5 cm (1/4 x 2 x 13 inch) maple plywood board over the top of the box to form the stomp box bottom side. Use bar clamps to secure the wood pieces together.
Dampen a rag and wipe away any extra wood glue. Wait for the wood glue to fully dry, then remove the bar clamps from the box.
Put a guitar pickup kit with a phone jack into the bottom of the stomp box. Take off the paper on the bottom of the guitar pickup kit, then peel away the backing beneath it. Position the removed backing in the bottom of the stomp box. Apply pressure with your palm to permanently attach the backing to the box.
Using a 6 mm (1/4 inch) drill bit, drill one hole through one side of the stomp box. Take the jack and push it through the hole. Check the jack packaging for a nut. Use this nut to secure the jack to the stomp box.
Apply a bead of wood glue across the entire top of the stomp box. Position the last 6 mm x 16.2 cm x 32.5 cm (1/4 x 6 1/2 x 13 inch) maple plywood board on the top of the box to form the stomp box top piece. Secure the top piece to the stomp box with bar clamps. Wait for the wood glue to fully dry. Then, take off the bar clamps.
Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the stomp box to smooth away rough edges. Peel the backing off of one felt pad and attach it to one bottom corner of the box. Repeat this step with the remaining three bottom corners.
Apply a wood stain, according to the manufacturer's instructions, to the surface of the stomp box for a finished look.
Always wear safety gloves when working with hand tools or power tools to prevent injury.
Things you need
- 2 6 mm x 5 cm x 15 cm (1/4 x 2 x 6 inch) maple plywood boards
- 2 6 mm x 5 cm x 32.5 cm (1/4 x 2 x 13 inch) maple plywood boards
- 2 6 mm x 16.2 cm x 32.5 cm (1/4 x 6 1/2 x 13 inch) maple plywood boards
- Bar clamps
- Wood glue
- Guitar pickup kit with phone jack
- 6 mm (1/4 inch) drill bit
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Wood stain
- Four felt pads