look, i have enough mishun just getting my guitar to play nice with my amp. how do you guys get it together enough to actually build a box? of whatever nature? is it difficult? do you need a basic (or advanced) knowledge of electronics? or does it just take practice like everything else?
help a bruvver out
Building a box of electronic goodies is pretty easy (obviously depending on the complexity) with all the info available theses days. Designing one is another thing - I'm leaving that stuff well alone. The bottledtones of the world can do that.
But if you just want to build
there are plenty of online resources. I started simple with a fuzz that had about five components on the board and moved from there (haven't got much further though -- plexi style distortion has been my most complex so far.must still box the damn thing up).
Another cool place to start could be building some nifty little passive boxes like A/B switchers, bypass/mute switches, or volume trimmers. A basic knowledge of electronics and some soldering skills will get you going. Then it takes practice, like anything else. Reading too. There are some nice online resources available if you want...
EDIT: There are even step-by-step PDFs that take you right through the basics.