This is another project which was done during the winter break. As you can see from the title, I decided to create a guitar pedal (for my own use, of course) as an exploration in design objects.
Choosing the Wood
Selecting the wood was actually require quite an effort - to serve effective as a guitar pedal, I realized that the material must be durable, yet lightweight since it needs to be portable for the users to carry around with their jamming kit. Among the materials which was available to me, the best option was 'Maple'.
Putting them together
The process of cutting the manufactured pieces were done with laser cut, therefore I was easily able to create a finger joint system. Joining wasn't much of an issue - rather sanding them neatly was slightly more difficult.
When it comes to product experience, the sense of touch is plays a crucial role in terms how user feels about the product. To be extreme, I believe it also affects the mental state of the user when it comes to such minute details. Since this project will serve as a personal use, I decided to finish the wood surface with satin, lacquer. I personally am fond of satin texture, and use of lacquer seems to be the most economical and easiest way to apply the finish to my object.
Finishing touches 02
This part of the manufacture was the most difficult part among the entire process. The reason behind this was because material velcro is very difficult to cut. Nevertheless, I was able to cut the velcro and add onto the board.
Cables, handles, etc...
This part of the process required some technical capabilities of electronic knowledge where I was required to solder wires and cables together. I believe creating a complete package as a product is extremely important since the small necessary details affect the users using the product. I wanted my product to be in a complete package so that the users just have to plug and play while the product holds all the necessary cables together.
As a quick project, this project was a great transition into my next semester, into the Design Objects course. Throughout the project I was able to thoroughly understand and expand my knowledge in product design, as well as manufacturing process and management. It was a great project - it was much fun and worth it.