|Project by Paul Bucalo||posted 03-09-2015 01:18 AM||742 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Dominic Bender of Dominic's Workshop is having a build challenge for the month of March called The Challenge Tree. See the website for specifics and rules for entry. This is my entry: a headphones rack I build from a small, 14” long, 30 year old maple firewood log.
Here is the log cut up by the band saw—my starting point!
Why the Rack?
I have a headphones set (audio-technica AT-703) that I bought in my Junior year of high school, circa 1974. I paid around $40.00 for them, a sizable investment for me back then. Around a dozen years or so ago the wire protector had pulled out of the left headpiece. I took the set apart and rewired with a longer cable so I could enjoy listening practically anywhere in the room. Then around 8 years ago (I think) the foam in the headpieces had pretty much disintegrated. I cut some sponge foam up to fit within the cloth earpiece covers. They still work great today. Maybe not up to the level of today’s technology, but what they lack in performance they make up in intrinsic value. Like me, obsolete tech that won’t roll over and won’t give in. It was only fitting that I create a resting place for the set that was rustic in design, made of wood almost as old.
- The branch was debarked using an 8” drawknife, then cut up into the pieces shown in the picture above.
- Two thin center-cut slabs were cut with the band saw to create bookend matched slabs, hand planed and joined to make the backboard.
- A rubber stamp was used to add the maple leaf and heat transfer for the laser printed verbiage.
- headphones and cable mounts were screwed and glued to the backboard.
- A heavy coat of Danish oil was applied to rejuvenate and protect the dry wood.
Two black panhead screws have been set aside for mounting to my office wall. I hope having the headphones in plain sight, and righteously displayed, will cause a renewed interest in using them. Then I can crank ‘em up, right?
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA