My earphone cords are constantly getting tangled when I try to wrap it up in my case, so I decided to take advantage of my Techshop membership and create a custom retracter to fit my case.  The concept would be fairly simple: create a circular plastic insert that would spin to retract the cable in an nice coil.

Step 1: Materials

I start with the original round case that came with my Meelec earphones.  Any round case should do.  I also use a sheet of 1/8" Acrylic from Lowes to form the retractor.
<p>Any way to do without access to a laser cutter? Apart from hand-cutting that is!</p>
Very nice! That's quite cool.
Thanks! Fun AND useful.
Looks nice and professional! Seems like it will hold up well too.

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