Solid Wooden Sunglasses

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About: Hi, I'm Alex Harris, Engineering student and "YouTube woodworker". For more about me, visit my website: http://thiswoodwork.com/

Mid last year I made these sunglasses and I thought I would share them here. Check out the video above to see how I made them! Thanks to my beautiful baby sister for kindly modelling these! It's much better than seeing them on me.

Supplies:

Step 1: The Lenses

First up, we'll need some lenses. I ripped some out a plastic pair of sunglasses I got free!

Step 2: The Templates

Using the original sunglasses I produced some 1:1 cutting templates. If you are using similar sized lenses you can download the ones I used from my website: http://thiswoodwork.com/making-wooden-sunglasses-summer-woodworking-project/

Step 3: Attaching the Templates

Next, the templates are stuck to the rough blank with a little wood glue.

Step 4: Cutting Out the Frames

Using the scrollsaw the frames are cut roughly to shape, If you don't have a scrollsaw you can do this by hand, it's just going to take a while!

Step 5: Cutting the Frames 2

To cut the opening for the lenses drill through the blank and thread through the blade. Leave the cavity slightly over-sized at this point.

Step 6: Cutting the Temples

The temples (or arms) are cut out in the same way.

Step 7: Fitting the Lenses

Align each lens properly and trace around them with a pencil. Sand close to the marked line, leaving a small rim just under 1mm (IMPORTANT) I used a drum sanding attachment at the drill press to do this.

Step 8: Shaping

The final shape cannot be achieved on the scrollsaw, so using a small handsaw cut away the remaining material and use a hand-file to shape. The original sunglasses serve as a good reference when doing this.

Step 9: Shaping 2

Using sanding attachments, sand to the final shape. (If you don't have these some careful filing and sandpaper should work.)

Step 10: Fitting the Lenses 2

Now to cut the rim for the lenses. Using a rotary cutting disk mounted in the drill press for ease, I cut a shallow groove around the edge of the lens cavity, for the lens to slot in to. This will take some care and a bit of trial and error, but should work if you are careful.

Step 11: The Hinges

Next is the hinges. I could have made some tiny wooden hinges, but it was far easier to cut them off of an old pair of cheap plastic ones!

Step 12: Fitting the Hinges

To attach the hinges mark the position and cut a small cavity on both the front and temples of the glasses. (I used a small drill bit to do this.)

Step 13: Gluing the Hinges

The hinges were glued into the cavities with some quick-set epoxy.

Step 14: Applying the Finish

Finally a finish can be applied to the glasses, before the lenses are pressed into place. For a finish I used mineral oil just to be safe, but I am sure that some spray lacquer would be fine too!

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    farraha

    3 years ago

    Great

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    jrow00

    3 years ago on Introduction

    what kind of wood did you use and where do you recommend we get it?

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    Marker1024

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Well done! You should treat yourself and those frames to a nice pare of polarized lenses! Its a disgrace to use the cheep ones in when you've crafted the rest of the sunglass so nicely! Great cheep project though.

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    BenMercierMarker1024

    Reply 3 years ago

    Do you know where to buy the polarized lenses for this style of glasses? I can't find any for under $30

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    buck2217

    3 years ago on Introduction

    They are great but knowing me I would either leave them in the pub or sit on them -- cue heart broken!!

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    kdorais

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Definitely gonna try to make these this summer, but with actual lenses since I have terrible vision :P These are so cool!

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    sabladask

    4 years ago

    You glasses looks grate:) i like that they are crafted by hand ( no cnc).

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    mjackson-1Spokehedz

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Just don't forget that prescription lenses factor in pupilary distance and have a focal point... there's a lot more precision required than for non-corrective lenses.

    Wow they look awesome! You've got some nice skills! You make the sunglasses yourself while others buy them for a lot of mony at a (desing) shop!!

    keep your work up - i'm looking forward to seeing new projects

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    acaig

    4 years ago

    That takes proper skills nothing I could do they look lovely I imagine you could sell a few of those
    I was always annoyed at school the boys got to do woodwork and girls had to do home economics it was so unfair from a very early age I used to stare longingly in to the workshop classrooms and my brothers told me id do them for at 11 lying watsits

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    Dandie

    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is great, admirable.Very nice work, congratulations!!

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    kodiwoedee

    4 years ago

    Awesome! People love hand made items. Do u sell any on Etsy?

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    CK101

    4 years ago

    How do you attach the lens at the end

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    ThisWoodworkCK101

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Apologies, looks like I missed that! They are just pressed into the rim cut on the inside edge of the frame. It is easy to see what happens in the video.