Wooden Sunglasses

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Project by Steve posted 06-22-2014 03:49 PM 2057 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been experimenting with making wooden sunglasses and these are the ones I’ve made so far. I use a bent lamination technique with clamping forms to make the frames. The featured pair is made from cherry. The last picture also shows others I made from purpleheart/maple, curly maple, and walnut. I got the lenses and hinges from sunglasses and reading glasses I bought at the dollar store. The lenses are trapped inside the middle layer of the three laminated plies. The hinges are glued on with epoxy. They are finished with mineral oil. These are fun to make, but working with such delicate pieces can be a challenge.

Click here to watch my step-by-step video of this project build.

Click here for more info on my website and a free PDF template.

If you make some, please let me know. I would love to see them. Thanks, Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 06-22-2014 06:19 PM

Well how cool is that! And they look great too! Nice work Steve, Loved the video too!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 06-22-2014 07:54 PM

This is a hilarious, Last night I was at a wedding and sat at a table with another couple. The guy had a pair of wooded sun glasses. He did not make them and had no clue how they were made. I asked him it I could look at them. I was trying to figure out how they were made. I guessed a dremel tool for the groove. Guess I was wrong. Any way, here they show up today on LJ, plus an address to a site that tells me how to go about it. THANK YOU! Yours look great, by the way.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 09:52 PM

What a spectacle !!

Funny and Fun!!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 01:58 AM

Working on a scale like that is definitely a challenge different than most types of woodworking. Congrats.

-- See my work at and

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 04:04 AM

way cool!

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 07:29 AM

These are just too cool! Great video too… thanks for the excellent how-to.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 03:25 PM

These are the coolest!
(I’d love to see some cat’s eye frames…!)

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#8 posted 06-24-2014 01:52 AM

Totally cool Steve. Great video too.

-- Patrick's work shop

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#9 posted 06-24-2014 01:53 PM

Good project. Nice work on the video.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 06-24-2014 02:07 PM

I’ve never seen any of these. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 06-24-2014 02:16 PM

Very cool idea. I always love something that is unique.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 06-24-2014 08:59 PM

Many have done this but I like your set the most. Great job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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