Reclaimed Wood Headphone Holder




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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)

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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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27 Discussions


2 years ago

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.

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Reply 2 years ago

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.

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?

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4 years ago on Introduction

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.


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!!!


5 years ago on Introduction

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..!


5 years 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


5 years ago on Introduction

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.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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!


5 years ago on Introduction

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