How to make a diy headphone stand, also known as a hanger.

I need a headphone stand. Well, what I really need is a stand that can live wherever my laptop is. Mainly on my desk. I use my headphones a lot when I’m editing video, or listening to music while the kids are asleep.

My father in law has also started putting some original music together for my videos. So I figured I could make him one of these headphone stands while I was making mine.

That said here’s a video—riddled with bad jokes—showing how I made this thing. Let me know what you think about the design.

Materials I Used

These are the materials I used to make the headphone hanger.

  • The wood is all black walnut. The stem and top are 4 quarter S4S. And the base was 5/4 rough sawn with a live edge.
  • The glue I used was Tite Bond II. The glue I use for almost all of my projects.
  • I used power tools, but with a little time and some elbow grease you can make these headphone stands with minimal tools.

OK. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move onto the fun stuff!

The Template I Made

Headphone stand template.

Here’s a link to the headphone stand template that I made and used. There is a legal sized, and two letter sized sheets that you can tape together. Just print them out and transfer it to your plywood template.

And if you don’t have a router table, I’m sure you can cut it out and file/sand to your finished profile. It’ll take a little longer, but it’s doable.

Headphone Stand Build Article

If you’d like more information on this project, here are a few screen-shots with some quick explanations of the steps I took to create the headphone stand stand.

I rough cut my work piece to length on the table saw sled. I rough cut my work piece to length on the table saw sled.

Then I ripped my work piece to width on the table saw. Then I ripped my work piece to width on the table saw.

Then I created a tenon on one side of the "stem". Then I created a tenon on one side of the “stem”.

I finished off the tenon with a hand saw. I finished off the tenon with a hand saw.

Then I create a bridal joint for the top of the headphone stand. Then I create a bridal joint for the top of the headphone stand.

Then I glued up the bridal joint and applied clamping pressure. Then I glued up the bridal joint and applied clamping pressure.

This is the template I used to shape the headphone stand. This is the template I used to shape the headphone stand.

I cut around the template with the band saw, leaving about an 1/8" of material. This reduces the stress on the flush trim bit on the router table. I cut around the template with the band saw, leaving about an 1/8″ of material. This reduces the stress on the flush trim bit on the router table.

I used a flush trim bit to get the final shape of the headphone hanger. I used a flush trim bit to get the final shape of the headphone hanger.

I created a mortise in the base with the drill press and a chisel. I created a mortise in the base with the drill press and a chisel.

Then I glued up the base and stem mortise and tenon. Then I glued up the base and stem mortise and tenon.

I sanded. And sanded. And sanded. I sanded. And sanded. And sanded.

And then applied the finish. I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I love this stuff! And then applied the finish. I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I love this stuff!

Alright. That’s how I made this headphone hanger / stand thing. I hope you found it helpful, and if you did don’t hesitate to let me know.

Thanks for checking this out, and we’ll see you on the next one!

— Adam

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