I wanted a way to keep my Apple earbuds from tangling when I want to store them, whether in my pocket or on my nightstand. There are a number of recent Instructables that show how to wind the cord on one's fingers and bind the earbuds without a separate fixture. I want to avoid any sharp bends or twists that may cause the wire to break down with use over time. 

The photo shows my version ready to use. 

  • White pine
  • Saw
  • Rule
  • Square
  • Jack plane
  • Drill press and bit
  • Belt or drum sander
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: My Inspiration

I began thinking more seriously about this project after I saw one of these in a store. This set of earbuds and holder can be purchased at Amazon. I took the image from the display at Amazon. 

As neat as this earbud holder is, it does force the cords to make 90 degree bends as the cord makes the corner to wrap around the outer edge of the holder.
This is cool. One thing I do want to point out is that the Apple EarPod case doesn't have the 90° angles, they're rounded.
Thank you for the information. When we first moved to Cincinnati back in 1972, one fellow told us the only thing between you and oncoming traffic on Columbia Parkway is your paint job.
I grew up in Cincy too! No joke. Use to go to Kings Island every summer
looks good!
Thank you. It seems to work well, too. I have thought about a recess where I could insert the plug end on the cord, but it does not really seem necessary. Part of my thinking is that I could use this with earbuds made by anyone, not just Apple.
I like this, a lot. Very good interpretation. more than that, simple and useful. You got a vote.
Thank you. I did not enter it in any of the contests, though. I did want to make it easy for you or anyone else to duplicate or adapt.
Yeah, lol, I posted that before I noticed that you hadn't. I think you did an excellent job with it's simplicity and style. Anyone could duplicate it and we're all saying &quot;duh, why didn't I think of that&quot;. <br> <br>Have fun, see ya.
I have noticed a lot of Instructables lately dealing with tangled cords on earbud sets. I thought there surely must be a contest somewhere on Instructables. The closest thing I found was something like &quot;Hey, I could make that!&quot; I had already been thinking about this, but had not settled on exactly how I would do it. In about a month I am flying to Las Vegas for four or five days at a car show. I have some Podcasts on my iPhone I want to listen to on a daily basis, since they involve practicing comprehension in a language. <br> <br>By the way, I see you are in Columbus, Ohio. Forty years ago we lived in the Cincinnati area for a couple of years and then moved up to Lorain County for about ten years. In 1973 I rode my bicycle from Columbus to Portsmouth and back over two days in the Tour of the Scioto River Valley. I was younger then. ;-)
Wow, small world! My father was born in Cincinnati and took me to several Reds games when I was a kid. I also rode in the TOSRV when I was younger. Those are some of my favorite memories. I still get the pictures out every now and then. <br>My name is Matt, it's really nice to meet and talk with you.

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