Introduction: Reclaimed Wood Headphone Holder

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

Picture of 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


emilyboda made it! (author)2017-01-28

Had a lot of fun making this! I ended up not staining it, but I think the logo really pulls it all together.

mikeasaurus (author)emilyboda2017-01-30

Looking sharp, and totally digging that design. Thanks for sharing, enjoy the Pro Membership!

emilyboda (author)mikeasaurus2017-01-30

Thanks, I appreciate it!

Dalphond12 (author)2017-01-24

Hi.. I would like to know if u sell your wood work .. I would like to make one for my son he is a gamer but I don't have the tools that u have . Can u let me know if u will .. Thank you.

mikeasaurus (author)Dalphond122017-01-30

I don't commission these, but luckily they are very easy to make! Try looking up your local makerspace, or workshop and make your own.

kristian.feldejohansen (author)2015-05-04

so i was wondering if you use cm? am trying to make this but am not sure what you use? ((Final dimensions of the headphone stand are: 10.5" high, 3.25" wide, and 1.5" deep (base is about 3.25" square)) is this cm?

I am showing Imperial measurements, the notation for inches is (") and for feet is (').

Rainmaker.91 (author)2015-01-17

I'm so going to do this one, I'm doing my own twist on it though. It's good to find tutorials on this as I'm tired of letting my headphones lay on my desk.

dirtbag1212 made it! (author)2015-01-03

I used a 2x4 with clear hooks on the back for cable mangement, to cut it I used handheld power tools, and so it would not scratch anything I used sticky pads on the bottom.

mikeasaurus (author)dirtbag12122015-01-05

That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing your version here, that cord hook on the back is a good idea.

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dirtbag1212 (author)2014-12-31

I added a hook on the back of the stand so the wire is not all tangled

mikeasaurus (author)dirtbag12122014-12-31

Awesome! Do you have pictures of your build?

fabrizio25 made it! (author)2014-10-05

THANKS :) by BEE UNO sound project

mikeasaurus (author)fabrizio252014-10-06

Looking good. Now your headphones have a place to hang out when not on your head.

I like your wood branding. How did you do it?

fabrizio25 (author)mikeasaurus2014-10-07

I followed your great tutorial. But I don't have a laser cutting machine. The logo of BEE UNO was done by burning a chisel :)

paper and more (author)2014-09-16

which headphones?

elli.sigvaldason (author)2014-09-13

Would it be possible for you to send me a drawing of the stand?

I just sketched directly onto the wood to match my specific headphones. The headphones I used were Sony MDR-V55 :

richfiddler11 (author)2014-08-27

What a great Instructable! The headphone holder itself is clever, attractive and nicely made but the production values and presentation style of the video are even more impressive! Plus I have total shop envy ;) Well done!!!

lmantuano (author)2014-08-26

Brilliant! Especially showing the whole process in one Youtube clip..!!!

If "a picture is worth a 1000 words" then 30fpc (pictures per second) times 145 sec (2:25 minutes) is 4.3M words..!

cmartí (author)2014-08-22

I wouold totally buy one of those headphone stands from you!

madventure (author)2014-08-22

Love this, definitely going to make a set and will add a grove in the base for a permanent phone charger and phone cradle

BrianU (author)2014-08-21

This immediately gave me the idea to make the same thing, but as a Tiki figure. Anyone in to Tiki bars or Mid-Century design decorating would appreciate this as a gift, I think.

balbert3 (author)2014-08-21

Do you have the final dimensions?

mikeasaurus (author)balbert32014-08-21

Roughly 10.5" high, 3.25" wide, and 1.5" deep (base is about 3.25" square)

I've added those dimensions to the narrative, thanks!

squidcraft (author)2014-08-20

for some reason my little bro started cracking up when he saw the pic

JON-A-TRON (author)2014-08-20


Eldalote (author)2014-08-20

This is great! Totally going to make one!

laffinm (author)2014-08-19

It's a good thing you didn't burn that wood! Walnut is so expensive. Also, was it dry when you found it or did you have to dry it yourself?

Raitis (author)laffinm2014-08-19

I guess that's the advantage of firewood - most of the times it's already dry!

Mrballeng (author)2014-08-19

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a while. Great job on all the camera shots. Must have taken hours to edit.

bricobart (author)2014-08-19

In case of a sudden need to set something on fire, I would choose the headphones & spare the holder. Really.

Milz2000 (author)2014-08-19

Really like this will be building one soon I also like your video outro nice touch

It looks awesome! The finishing oil really is a nice touch!

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