First off this is my first post here and Ill probably be posting some more here on out for any other questions I have Ive been Googleing to find websites with guides to maybe show how to make your own snake, but unsucessfull I come here and ask if any1 here knows of a guide or who can make a guide to building your own snake. I want this to be a project that Im going to work on for a place I run sound for every Monday night, and the owner is slowly upgrading his sound equipment. Im thinking of making a 10 or 12 channel snake all XLR connections. I think I have a generall idea of how to put it together, but I cant figure out exactly what supplies I need. I know I will need 10/12 male and female XLR connectors. For the stage box I will probably build it out of wood (since Im a pretty good carpenter). Now where I need help in is the wiring. I can solder well enough, so that isnt a problem. What I need to know is what gauge wire I should use (22 AWG, or 24 AWG?) and how would I shield each wire properly, and what should I use for shielding (or is there a website or company that makes pre-shielded wires that I can buy in bulk with all 3 wires (ground, lead, return) pre wraped)? Finally what should I use to protect all the wires (a garden hose maybe?) So any help that can be given, ideas, comments, links to websites where I can get supplies or guides would be helpfull.