I have just finished making a headphone stand,(http://uniquecreationsbyanita.com/led-headphone-stand/) but thought it was a bit boring, so here is my new remake with a bit of flare.
Step 1: Cutting Out Your Shape
- Materials needed
- 50cm usb LED light strip
- 4 x bolts and nuts
- 1 x A4 clear Acrylic
- Jig saw
- Varnish and stain
- Hole saw
I used the template that I had for the last stand and traced it on to scrap wood and cut out 3 pieces the same. I recycled an old corner unit table top and put it through a thicknesser to remove all the old varnish and stain. Most of my projects are made from recycled materials to keep costs down. I cut my pieces using a jig saw, cutting slightly larger than the template which will be sanded once assembled on a table sander using the outline as a guide.
Step 2: Cutting the Hole
I clamped all 3 pieces together and drilled my hole using a hole saw.
Step 3: Adding the Clear Acrylic
I ordered a sheet of A4 clear acrylic which cost $7.99 and bought some remote control USB LED lights $5.19 to try and make my stand a bit more exciting. My acrylic was a bit small to cut out 2 full size pieces so I improvised and used a router to remove part of the wood to inlay the acrylic. My acrylic was 3mm thick so I set the router to remove 3mm of the wood on either side.This step can be missed if you have the correct size acrylic.
Step 4: Cutting the Acrylic
I used a scroll saw to cut the acrylic to size leaving a border of about 2mm which will be sanded away once I have joined all the pieces together. The acrylic should fit into the slot where the wood was removed by the router.
Step 5: How to Fit the LED Lights
I cut a slot into the centre piece that has the acrylic inlay; this is where the LED light strip will go. I lined all the pieces up together and clamped them ready to drill my holes for the bolts to go through. Be careful not to drill the holes all the way through the front piece. Unless you have decorative bolts and you want to see them. I did not have any insert nuts to put into the front piece to accept the screw and living in a small town I was unable to get any. So I improvised and used nuts. I pre drilled a small hole just slightly smaller than the nut and added epoxy glue and hammered the nuts into the wood.
Step 6: Sanding My Project Into Shape
I bolted all my pieces together and used a table sander to smooth all the edges so they all blended in together using the outline of the template as a guide. I then took apart my project and stained and varnished the wood. It is wise to number the layers so they all fit back together the same way you sanded them, because the two sides might not be perfectly the same. I did not do this at first and put it together wrong and had some edges slightly out. So you can learn from my mistakes.
Step 7: Assembly
When dry, build the layers again. When you get to the centre layer add your Led lights. They come with tape, so just remove the backing paper and attach to the inside. Screw the bolts into the nuts and we are done. If you use decorative bolts your stand can be used facing either way. I personally prefer to see the bolts. Plug the lights into the usb port on your computer and enjoy. Hope you enjoyed my project and please feel free to comment and share any of my projects.
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