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Hard Maple Rocks! Headphones Rack - Dominic Bender's The Challenge Tree Entry

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Project by Paul Bucalo posted 03-09-2015 01:18 AM 765 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 Construction
- 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, Norwich NY USA





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DominicsWoodworks

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 12:45 PM

Nice design, Paul. Those are some really stylish headphones. Never something to throw away. Do you have a video for this project, too?

-- Dominic's Woodworks - www.dominicswoodworks.com

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 03:57 PM

Awesome project Paul. Your woodworking skills improve with every project you do.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 04:18 PM



Nice design, Paul. Those are some really stylish headphones. Never something to throw away. Do you have a video for this project, too?

- DominicsWoodworks

Thanks, Dominic! I did a video from the starting point you see in the picture of the cut up log. The build process was totally ‘ad hoc’, with changes made along the way, so it wasn’t feasible to record the build process. I did a second recording yesterday that shows the the finished project rotated in hand and a few words said. I’m hoping to have the time today to stitch the two together and edit accordingly. The best I could do under the circumstance. If I can’t get something posted, it’s okay if I don’t meet the rules for the challenge. It was a fun build and I’m glad you spurred me on to make it. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 04:21 PM



Awesome project Paul. Your woodworking skills improve with every project you do.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee! Appreciate the generous praise and glad you liked the rustic rack.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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