Another headphone stand

Since this COVID thing started, I now have my home-headsets paired to my gaming machine and my work-headsets paired to my work laptop, and they’re both on my desk, and my desk looks cluttered. I realize this is kind of a “first world problem”, but all the same, I decided to laser a solution:

I started out using one of these pin gauges to measure the curve of the back of the monitor:

Then I transferred this to a sheet of paper, scanned it, and pasted it as a “canvas” in Fusion 360. It’s not perfect, because of course the monitor is curved on two axes, but it’s close enough.

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Very nice practical cut. Nice to hear from you again.

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Nice trick with the pin gauge.

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Excellent thinking!

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I was going to say what the other Evans said. I’m going to have to break down and buy a pin guage one day.

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Good to be back. :slight_smile: It has been way too long since I’ve gotten a chance to laser cut something.

I’ve been spending time working on a set of shelves, which have to fit in a sort of odd shaped space, boxed on on one side by a wall that sticks out, and on the other by a column that has a chimney inside, so I came up with this idea to have shallow shelves on one side, deep shelves on the other, and then a “not rectangular” shelf in the middle:

But there’s practically no lasers involved at all, so it’s pretty slow going. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Now you can never move.

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Well it’s a beautiful built-in. I love built-ins.

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Forgive my lack of knowledge here. I have never seen something like this — is that what the purpose of the item is initially to be used for? Are there different types/measurements/construction? How do you transfer it to paper — lay it down and draw around it?

Being around so many people that do 3D modeling for 3D printers, I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone use something like that over the years.

I bought this one at Home Depot. Generally you use one of these when you’re doing something like this:

On the right hand side is my fireplace (sorry for the poor quality photo, this is kind of in a dark corner behind a bookcase). When I installed that baseboard, I had to cut it to match the irregular shape of the stone on the fireplace. I think I bought my pin gauge (sometimes called a “profile gauge”) when I did this exact baseboard, actually. :slight_smile: And yes, to transfer it to a sheet of paper I just laid it flat on a sheet of paper and traced the edge. I also made two marks on the sheet that were exactly 1" apart, so I could make sure I had the scale correct when I brought it into Fusion 360.

I used a similar trick to get the “curve” to match my headphones. I put my headphones down on a sheet of paper, traced the headband, then I got a ruler and drew a 3" cord along the base of the curve. I measured up from that line and found the peak of the curve was 0.5" above it. So in Fusion 360 I created a “3 point curve” with the ends 3" apart and the middle 0.5" up, and I got something that matches my headsets exactly:

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What an elegant and practical solution! A great way to clear the visual clutter.

With that post, I learned quite a bit and it should help me with drawing things up as well (my weakness). I have seen baseboards that followed something irregular and had thought to myself about ‘wow they are good at matching those up’…now I know how. :slight_smile: Going to save the post for future reference. Thanks … and that reminds me I need to put a headphone stand on my list since I am using mine daily while I am WFH. I appreciate you taking the time to explain it.

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