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    Art deco headphones

    I'm not entirely sure where to post this, as the exterior contains no metal whatsoever. However, quite a lot of the innards will be made out of wood bits, and for lack of a better place to put it...I'll put it here.

    Anywho, I'm starting with some Grado SR60s. While not bad headphones for the money, they are made out of rather a lot of nasty plastic. So nasty, in fact, that someone broke the headband assembly, and I was able to pick them up quite cheaply secondhand.



    And this is what they'll look like after I rebuild them. All I'm keeping is the earpads and the little speaker-y bits - the rest is being made by hand. (I haven't finished designing the headband assembly yet.) I'll probably do something similar to the original headband, only with a set screw for the height and with a headband made out of creamy-brown leather instead of vinyl.



    Any thoughts?

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    Interesting project. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.
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    Very cool project. And a nice way to recycle some quality components.
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    Thanks for the compliments.

    Does anyone know the best way to render an arch in SketchUp that's narrower at the ends than it is in the middle? I'm having a heckuva time getting it to work.

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    Ya mean like this - Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Ya mean like this - Click image for larger version. 

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    I suspect he's talking about a 3-dimensional issue, not 2. Something like a curved piece of 1/4" ply that's 2" wide in the middle and 1" wide at the ends. I'd draw it if I could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I suspect he's talking about a 3-dimensional issue, not 2. Something like a curved piece of 1/4" ply that's 2" wide in the middle and 1" wide at the ends. I'd draw it if I could.
    Here's my failed attempt at rendering it:


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    Progress has been made!

    Next step: To make the retaining ring, attach the mounting tubes, and figure out how the fnord to make things out of leather.


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    Looking good!
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    So far so good ! some brass pieces and some decoration and they would be a great steampunk example.

    I know that is not what you want but keep the idea for a second set
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