Wood has been know to have a great warm tonal quality for music. It only makes sense then to craft a pair of headphones from wood.

This tutorial illustrates how to create a pair of functioning headphones from wood.

I used:


-an iPad with Autodesk 123D Catch software to capture my head profile (free 123D Catch download)
     *you may use a digital camera & Autodesk 123D Catch for online instead
-SolidWorks CAD software to model the headphones
-Adobe Illustrator software (free Illustrator trial)

-12" x 7" x 0.85" thick walnut lumber
-1" thick high density gray foam (I purchased at Canal Rubber in NYC)
-speakers: 2X 40mm 0.1W round speaker drivers from Digikey.com, model number GF0401M-ND
-RCA jacks: 2X barrel jacks from Digikey.com, model number CP-1413-ND
-3' long 1/8" stereo to dual phono Y-cable at Radioshack
-4" of 20 gauge insulated wire
-2x brass hinges 3/4" x 11/16" at HomeDepot
-I reference my friend John's great 13:30 Printable Headphone tutorial at Thingiverse for the audio components

-ShopBot CNC router
-portable power drill or drill press
-soldering iron
-wire cutter/stripper

-a buddy to assist you with your 123D Catch

Step 1: 123D Catch Your Head

As a product designer, I've worked on my fair share of headphones. Head profiles come in an infinite number of sizes & shapes. I wanted to create a pair of headphones that fit my dome perfectly. By using 123D Catch, I created an accurate CAD representation of my head.

Using the iPad (or digital camera) open the Autodesk 123D Catch app. Have a buddy take photos of your head. Your photographer should start at a low angle & progressively increase the height of the camera. They should move around your head in about 15-20 degree increments for each photo. Use the maximum of the 30 allotted photos for a more accurate catch. Hold your pose as still as possible for the best results.

My face resulted in looking a bit warped, but my head profile was decent enough to model headphones around.
<p>cool nice design well done</p>
Nice! Love the design.
you should try some open grado like cans for your next project
Very nice! Any idea where I can get drivers with a range of 20-20000Hz <br>(not on Digikey)?
Thanks! <br>I'm not sure where you can get drivers with those specs. I hate to be captain obvious, but did you try google?
Very cool design! What kind of drivers did you use and how do they sound?
Hey, thanks! <br>I listed the drivers I used under the Materials section. <br>-speakers: 2X 40mm 0.1W round speaker drivers from Digikey.com, model number GF0401M-ND <br>They are really cheap (under $5 each). They have a lot of treble &amp; not much bass, but worked for a first attempt.
Awesome....i don't think I could make these myself but will ask someone to!! love them.
Foam cutting. Problem is when cutting with a blade the foam compresses and you end up with the foam dished/uneven. However I have found cutting on a band saw works a treat, preferably the more teeth per inch the better. But... watch out cutting small pieces as the blade can grab the foam and pull it in. I have cut a couple of seat pads and it has worked really well. P.S really like the head phones
Very, very, nice! <br> <br>Just a couple of thoughts. <br> <br>For this item I think 3D data is overkill. A frontal, scalable, picture should give all of the pertinent data required. In that way it would be easier for the customer to produce the needed data. That is assuming that the ear pad diameter is fixed. <br> <br>Another way for cutting the foam pads, especially for large quantities is to use a, decades old, tried and proven steel rule die. <br> <br>Oh, grain direction plays heavily in the strength of the head piece. Steam bending or a laminated piece would be much better. But you already know that!. <br> <br>Again, nice work!!
I was viewing the Ible and was going to make a comment, but seeing as a similar one was made i'll leave it out. <br> <br>The work you've done is good , but it looks like the foam ear pads will defeat you . Did you consider using replacement pads from Grado, Sennhe??ser (spelling) etc. they aren't expensive and would be available in a size that would suit your project.
Hey, just plain fu***n AWESOME. <br>I WANT THEM! Take my money!!!
Thanks. I'll let you know if I decide to refine &amp; sell them.
No-No refine!<br>Just like that!! I love the DIY-look :)<br>Honestly, how much did you spend?<br>
Great work! Making headphones that fit your head perfectly it's really something.
Very nice!
Thanks &amp; cheers.
They turned out so nice! Love the wood you used. :D
Thanks so much. It's walnut, so I wasn't sure how flexible/brittle it would be. It's actually a lot more durable than I expected.
This is where you go from on-screen &quot;3D&quot; model to a tangible real 3D object. <br>And thats the moment when you go &quot;WOW, AWESOME&quot; :-)
Thanks. <br>Designing on the computer is great, but there is a feeling of real gratification with producing something tangible.
I like it. Well done. A very elegant design.
Thanks &amp; cheers.
Very good unless you are into Heavy Metal music. Then you will need to make some metal headphones. If you are into Rock music, then you will need to make them out of rocks.
Ha, well said.
Can you run these from a smartphone or similar? Assuming you change the phono plugs of course but are the mini speakers the right power and resistance for iPhone type things? PS It's great and I want to make one (and might indeed polish mine more....)
The audio drivers can be used with an iphone/ipod. In retrospect, you could circumvent the chunky RCA cable inputs &amp; cut/solder the ends directly to the drivers. If I make a 2.0 version, I think I may try felt as the earcup pads instead of the foam as well. <br>Thanks &amp; good luck. <br>

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Bio: Damon is a grad student & assistant attending School of Visual Art's MFA Product of Design program in New York City.
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