I have always just left my headphones just on my desk or chair and they always looked a mess. I decided I needed to make a custom stand for them to clean up the mess but mainly to show them off.
I have made a video showing how I made them if you would like to watch it:
To make them I used:
- Olive Wood
- Milliput (epoxy putty)
- Wooden Dowel
- MDF (for template)
- Spray Polyurethane
- Red Felt Baize
- Table Saw
- Band Saw
- Belt Sander
Step 1: Create the Template
I created the template on my computer and printed it out on self adhesive paper. I stuck it on a scrap piece of MDF and cut it out on the band saw. I then used the belt sander to smooth and better define the edge.
I created a template to make it easier to mark out the blanks but also if I use a softer wood I could use a pattern bit in the router and follow the template exactly. Unfortunately the Olive Wood seems to splint when I router the end grain so that was out of the question for this project.
Step 2: Create the Blank
I had some scrap Olive Wood and Sapele so I decided to use them. I cut them on the table saw to a rough dimension of:
Olive Wood - 65mm x 350mm x 20mm X2
Sapele - 20mm x 350mm x 20mm X1
That is for one blank glued up like in the picture. I decided to make 2 blanks so I doubled up on the materials.
When the glue had dried I sent them through the thickness planer and got the final thickness to around 16mm.
Step 3: Mark the Shape & Cut Out
I placed the MDF template in the place that looked best for grain pattern. I wanted the stripe of Sapele vertical down the middle so I made sure it all looked right before a I marked the shape on the wood.
I cut the shape out on the band saw making sure to leave the line I had marked.
I them sanded back to line with my belt sander. It produces a cleaner smoother curve doing it that way instead of cutting straight on the line to start with.
Step 4: Create Beats Logo Inlay
I used a mini rotary tool, similar to a dremel tool to create the logo in the wood. I marked on the beats logo and made sure to remove all the wood I needed to so it was below the surface of the wood I wanted to keep.
As you can see in the picture I left the 'b' of the logo and removed the circle around it.
I then filled the space with Milliput Epoxy Putty. I just mounded it on the area because it will sand away easily after it is fully dry.
After leaving it over night it was fully dry and I used my belt sander to sand down the mound og Milliput until the logo was crisp and clear to see.
Step 5: Create the Base and Glue the Stand to It
With the left over piece of the glued up blank I cut the square base.
It was roughly 130mm x 130mm.
I drilled a hole in the centre of the base and in the contre of the bottom of the stand and glued a wooden dowel in there to secure the pieces together. I used a rubber band to help clamp it while the glue dries.
Step 6: Finnish
For the finnish I a gloss spray polyurethane. A spray lacquer would have worked fine but I already had the spray poly.
I gave it 3 coats and sanded between each coat to create a smooth finnish.
I then added a piece of red felt baize to the bottom to make it look and feel more profesional. It also helps to stop it scratching any surface it is put on.
I just used a spray adhesive to stick the felt on.