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Step 1: Materials
small philups head screwdriver
What I had:(if you don't have some/all of these things the overall cost will go up.)
1/4 stereo to 1/8 headphones jack(shown below)
old headphones (preferably not right angle)
What I bought:
SPST Momentary pushbutton switches 2 pack(275-0609)($3.69)
5x2 1/2x2" project enclosure(270-1803)($3.39)
Step 2: Removing the headphone jack
depending on if your headphones have one wire that splits in to to(like the ipod ones) or just have two wires attached together you'll have to do this differently.
I have headphones that are one wire so what I did was I cut the wire two inches from the jack then uses scissors to cut the plastic off the jack. once the plastic was off I pulled the wire out of the insulation.
if your head phones have two wires do the same thing except you will have four wires.
so when thats done you should have a jack with 3 wires coming out of it
Step 3: Extending the wires
you don't have those colors put some solder on each wire then test each wire with a volt meter to figure outh wich one or ones are ground(plase one end of the meter on the solder and the other on the thick ring on the jack. move the tester from one solder point to the next untill the light lights up.
I used speaker wire to exten the wire(10ft)you need three wires and should strip about two inches off each end of each wire.
if your going to heat shrink the wires indevigualy(recomended) place the heat shrink tube over each wire. If you have 2 grounds twist them together then wrap them around one wire then solder them on. make sure the solder touches bothe wires together. Repeat this for all wires.
Step 4: Heat shrinking/taping
if your heat shrinking slide the heat shrink over the wires and use a blow drier to shrink them around the wires I then used more heat shrink to bond them all together.
Plug the jack in to the 1/4 adapter.
Step 5: Preping your box
remove the nuts from the buttons and put them throught the holes then replace the nuts to make sure they don't fall out.
Pull the wires through the holes.
Step 6: More soldering
get the blow drier out and heat shrink the wires or tape them if your not using heat shrink.