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


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.917 months ago

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!8 months ago

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)  dirtbag12128 months ago

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

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dirtbag12128 months ago

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

mikeasaurus (author)  dirtbag12128 months ago

Awesome! Do you have pictures of your build?

fabrizio25 made it!11 months ago

THANKS :) by BEE UNO sound project

mikeasaurus (author)  fabrizio2511 months ago

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?

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 more11 months ago
which headphones?
mikeasaurus (author)  paper and more11 months ago

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

mikeasaurus (author)  elli.sigvaldason11 months ago

I just sketched directly onto the wood to match my specific headphones. The headphones I used were Sony MDR-V55 : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007I1QY5Y/ref=as...

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!!!

lmantuano1 year ago

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..!

cmartí1 year ago

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

madventure1 year ago
Love this, definitely going to make a set and will add a grove in the base for a permanent phone charger and phone cradle
BrianU1 year ago

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.

balbert31 year ago

Do you have the final dimensions?

mikeasaurus (author)  balbert31 year ago

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!

squidcraft1 year ago

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

JON-A-TRON1 year ago
Eldalote1 year ago

This is great! Totally going to make one!

laffinm1 year ago
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 laffinm1 year ago

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

Mrballeng1 year ago

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

bricobart1 year ago

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

Milz20001 year ago
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!