After destroying yet another expensive gaming headset by rolling over the wires with the computer chair. I thought it was time to make a stand for the new ones so they can be stored out of the way when not in use.
I found a suitable template that I liked and printed it out in Microsoft Office. I used scrap wood from the apron for my wine barrel table, which did not work out the first time. I put the template on top and traced the outline.
The headsets we have at home are fairly heavy, so I needed a chunky stand. Using a jigsaw I cut out two of the shapes, which I glued together for thickness.
I am not very accurate with a jigsaw and my projects tend to cut at a slant. To resolve this issue I cut slightly outside the lines and used a bench sander to sand away the excess.
I marked out the centre and cut it out using a hole saw attached to a drill.
Hint: To get a nice, clean edge only saw half-way through then turn your project over and drill out the hole from the other side. This will prevent the wood from blowing out.
I smoothed out the inside using a sanding wheel attached to a drill.
I used a router to remove the inside edge of the hole and the sides for a better cosmetic look. I sanded down the stand using an orbital sander and stained it with a dark mahogany stain. Finally, three coats of gloss varnish sealed in the colour.