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Re: The Gatekeeper
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2012, 05:07:59 PM »
oops, I meant drill patterN -- like taping down a piece of paper will drill marks to show you where to drill.
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2012, 05:22:23 PM »
Ah, I should've been able to figure that out.

Yes, I use a center punch to mark all the holes beforehand, but the center one is really the only important one as I drill them out on a mill with an X-Y table.   The drill spacing is all decided from the point of origin.
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2012, 08:30:08 PM »
That is a gorgeous pedal!
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2012, 02:23:38 AM »
I'm not a fan of many pedal builders out there........, but i'm a fan of yours! 8)
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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2012, 03:45:06 AM »
Nice job... the etching looks so slick and your graphic design rocks

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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2012, 08:58:56 AM »
I'm not a fan of many pedal builders out there........, but i'm a fan of yours! 8)

Thanks Rej, I appreciate that.

Thanks to everybody else for the kind words, too.
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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2012, 11:20:10 AM »
I'm a little late, but holy F**K!  :o
That's great, pickdropper! Awesome etching and unbelievable SMD action! What size are the resistors and caps? 0603 or 0805?
This is one of the most beautiful pedals I have seen lately! I think I'll agree with Rej! ;D
Well done!  ;)

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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2012, 12:12:22 PM »
I'm a little late, but holy F**K!  :o
That's great, pickdropper! Awesome etching and unbelievable SMD action! What size are the resistors and caps? 0603 or 0805?
This is one of the most beautiful pedals I have seen lately! I think I'll agree with Rej! ;D
Well done!  ;)

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Thanks Hector.  This board uses 0805 for both the resistors and caps.  On my layouts, I usually use 0603 resistors and 0805 caps.  I like having different sizes for each type.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2012, 03:29:02 PM »
Sounds good! You gain even more space using smaller sizes.. I just started using SMD and I don't  think I can solder smaller than 0805. You should have seen my face when for the first time I saw them. I was like "How the heck am I going to solder these tiny things?"! For now, I don't want this to happen again.  :D

By the way, it would be great if you could make a tutorial showing how you solder SMD. I have to admit I'm not that good at soldering SMD, but at least they work.  ;D
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2012, 04:58:39 PM »
The compnent arrangement really complements the graphic design.  That looks really well thought out.

Is there any significance to the straight lines coming from the control knob?  Such as minimum, maximum, and common settings.

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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2012, 09:14:31 PM »
Sounds good! You gain even more space using smaller sizes.. I just started using SMD and I don't  think I can solder smaller than 0805. You should have seen my face when for the first time I saw them. I was like "How the heck am I going to solder these tiny things?"! For now, I don't want this to happen again.  :D

By the way, it would be great if you could make a tutorial showing how you solder SMD. I have to admit I'm not that good at soldering SMD, but at least they work.  ;D


Hey Hector, I remember seeing a really good tutorial a while back that somebody did.  It was nearly exactly the same as I solder SMT parts, so I'll try and find that.  If I can't find it, I can probably put something together.

The secret to soldering surface mount is iron tip size and flux.  A good flux pen can make things look a LOT better.  I recommend the Kester #186 Flux pen.  It's mildly activated RMA, so you may want to wash it after you are done. 
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2012, 09:15:55 PM »
The compnent arrangement really complements the graphic design.  That looks really well thought out.

Is there any significance to the straight lines coming from the control knob?  Such as minimum, maximum, and common settings.

Actually, the two lower left and lower right lines do correlate to min and max on the dial.  The upper one (that is aligned with the knob line in the photo) doesn't correlate to anything.  But once I finish biasing it, who knows?   ;D
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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2012, 07:55:58 AM »
Hey Hector, I remember seeing a really good tutorial a while back that somebody did.  It was nearly exactly the same as I solder SMT parts, so I'll try and find that.  If I can't find it, I can probably put something together.

The secret to soldering surface mount is iron tip size and flux.  A good flux pen can make things look a LOT better.  I recommend the Kester #186 Flux pen.  It's mildly activated RMA, so you may want to wash it after you are done. 
Both sound good. But +1 for you doing a tutorial for the Members Projects and Tutorials subforum! I think more people would be interested in seeing something like it!  ;)

I know that flux makes things easier, but I've never tried it.. I always forget to buy some! My mistake, I guess... :-[
By the way, what tip size are you using?
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2012, 12:32:49 PM »
Hey Hector,

Sorry for the late reply.  For surface mount components I use a 0.2mm round tip.  The profile of it is very narrow as well.
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Re: The Gatekeeper
« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2012, 02:14:15 PM »
Wow!! This looks great man!! I love it!

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