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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. 

Materials
  • White pine
Tools
  • Saw
  • Rule
  • Square
  • Jack plane
  • Drill press and bit
  • Belt or drum sander
  • Sandpaper
 
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Step 1: My inspiration

Picture of 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.

Step 2: Beginning

I wanted my earbud holder to be about the thickness of my fingers. I used them to determine the dimensions I should use. The primary concern was to have the little rectangular microphone section fall on the flat front surface of the holder, and not over the end where it cannot bend and fit the holder.

I determined to cut a piece 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches from stock I had planed by hand down to 9/16 inch in thickness. For those who use metric measurements, that is 20mm x 63mm x 63mm.

Step 3: Mark and saw

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I marked my stock for a square 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (63mm x 63mm) and cut it with a saw.
jasonZak1 year ago
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.
Phil B (author)  jasonZak1 year ago
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.
jasonZak1 year ago
I grew up in Cincy too! No joke. Use to go to Kings Island every summer
looks good!
Phil B (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
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.
Attmos1 year ago
I like this, a lot. Very good interpretation. more than that, simple and useful. You got a vote.
Phil B (author)  Attmos1 year ago
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.
Attmos Phil B1 year ago
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 "duh, why didn't I think of that".

Have fun, see ya.
Phil B (author)  Attmos1 year ago
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 "Hey, I could make that!" 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.

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. ;-)
Attmos Phil B1 year ago
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.
My name is Matt, it's really nice to meet and talk with you.