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This is a father+son project that I worked on with my son, Justin.
This is a fairly quick and straightforward project which works great
as a parent/child project.
Justin had the idea that he'd like to build a pair of headphone
holders. Like almost all kids (and adults!) these days, he has some
portable technology. (phone, iPod, mp3 player, or whatever it is
you have in your family!)
He wanted a way to hang up his nice headphones, rather than just dump
them on his nightstand. He asked me if we could build something like
this, and gave me a few design suggestions. When we did a search for
"headphone holders" or "headphone stands" we tended to find two styles
of holders. There were a lot of minimalist stick-like or hook-like
designs, as well as a bunch of curved head-shaped objects.
The more we looked at it, we thought that if it was going to be
head shaped, why not make it look more like an actual head. So I
designed in some eye holes. Then we added a mouth, so we would have
a place to wrap up the cord.
Shown here is my prototype. It came out sort of "Frankenstein-like", I
think, which was pretty cool.
We next set out to make a couple more, but we're going
o ramp up the design with some paint and creativity!
I glued up some random short pieces of hardwood that I had in my
shop. I used elm, but you could use anything. Even some 2x6 lumber
would be a good idea if you're going to paint it anyway.
The finished piece is going to be 4"x2"x13". As well there is a 4"x7"
base to go underneath it.
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We took the blanks and jointed one edge and then planed them down to
thickness before cutting them to final size on
the tablesaw (not shown).
We used Justin's headphones on the prototype to arrive at a good curve
for the top of the head. Then we used the highly scientific "tracing
a yogurt tub" method to duplicate this curve onto our workpieces.
This was followed by measuring and marking for where the "ear notches"
go and the mouth opening.
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Over on the bandsaw we took turns cutting out the curves and the ear
We drilled half-inch diameter holes with a forstner bit for the eyes
-- but only on one of the headphone holders. Our designs were
The Oscillating spindle sander is also a help, and then a bit with the
Random Orbit Sander, and then a bit of hand sanding.
Then we cut out more pieces from my short/scrap pile to make the
We used a cove bit on the router table to add a decorative detail
around the top edge of the base.
Then it was on to the painting station. By this point we were
actually working on three headphone stands and not just two. (Don't ask,
sometimes things just happen.)
After the base colour coat, some painter's tape was used to mask off
areas for for adding other detail colours.
We used some spray adhesive
to attach some "goggle eyes" to our
minions which I had printed out... oh yeah, in case you haven't
figured it out yet, we went with a "minion" theme for two of the
headphone holders. If you do an internet image search for "minion
goggles" you should find some options to cut out and glue onto your
Here are two links:
(hopefully these links stick around!)
After this I sprayed on several coats of rattle-can spray lacquer
to seal over the paper eyes as well as give a protective coating to the
The other holder was going with a more natural appearance with a light
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To attach the base we first positioned it
carefully and then popped in a couple 23-gauge brads. This helped to
hold it firmly while we drilled and screwed in some wood screws. A
bit of paste wax really helps with this process, even after
And thanks for coming along on this trip. Here is where we ended the
video. You might notice that the one holder has no base. That was on
purpose as we plan to mount that one to the wall, rather than have it
freestanding on a desk or table.
Finally, here is a small photo album of our headphone stands.
You might notice that we made a couple more... Like I said at the
beginning, this is a quick and fun project!
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