While sitting by the campfire recently my eye caught a piece of dark firewood that was different from the rest. Instead of burning it I brought it to the wood shop and milled it down to a manageable piece; turns out it was a very nice piece of walnut, perfect for my next project!

Follow me on a fun woodworking build that transforms a piece of walnut firewood into a stylish headphone holder.

How I made it:

First, I sketched shape for the crown of the headphones, I used a bandsaw to cut the rough shape, finishing the crown on the belt sander. I then sketched indentations where the padded speakers would rest, cutting the rough shape on the bandsaw and smoothing out the shape. My shape was too thick, so I bisected the piece to create 2 headphone holder shapes.

Next, a section from the bottom of the holder was removed with the table saw. An inset was measured and a dado was cut into the bottom piece. This dado accepts the top portion of the headphone holderm and the two will be screwed together after the top half has the edges routed with a rounderover bit. Before assembling the two sections I decided to laser etch a headphone design into the top portion. I selected an image from an Internet search and etched the design into both sides of the top.

After etching the pieces were sanded smooth with a random orbital sander, then coated with Danish Oil to bring out the grain of the wood. Lastly, the top was inserted into the bottom dado and the two pieces were screwed together.

Final dimensions of the headphone stand are: 10.5" high, 3.25" wide, and 1.5" deep (base is about 3.25" square)

Step 1: Supplies

Things needed:

  • Large log from an attractive tree species.
  • Headphones
  • Danish Oil (finishing oil)

Tools used:

  • bandsaw
  • Table saw (rip blade + dado blade)
  • jointer + planer
  • router + roundover bit
  • hand file
  • random orbital sander
  • power drill
  • (optional) laser etcher for designs

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