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Project by Jim Sellers posted 07-04-2015 06:06 PM 1864 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to challenge myself with something I’ve never done before. Make my own sunglasses. I had a drawer full of cheap sport shades that I robbed the lenses from. Thought I was just gonna cut the frames from square flat stock but the lenses were not made for flat frames so I would use the old plastic sport frames as templates. I can’t seem to make anything straight or flat anyway

The walnut set is cut from a solid piece of 8/4 stock. I beveled the back edge of the lenses and epoxied them in the rabbet which I cut with the dremmel.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at how well they held their shape and how strong they were. I would put these frames up against any plastic. I cut the temple arms out of 1/8 plywood and glued the finish veneer on.

Now comes the hard part. Finding hinges and attaching them to the frames and temples. I could’ve carved and pinned my own hinges but didn’t think it would have the strength of metal. Cut mortises and attached hinges with epoxy.

I discovered that there’s a market for wooden eye wear frames with quite a few cottage industry productions. I think most of the parts are being cut with cnc s and plasma cutters and are being cut from flat planks. I think I’ll get out of the eyewear business and move on to something new. It was a fairly simple and fun project and I hope it inspires others to give it a try.

I would’ve gotten a better looking dude to model them if I knew of one… BWAHAHA

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 06:11 PM

Very stylish

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 06:17 PM

the pictures are pasting over some of the text. There was a paragraph missing where I explained in detail how I cut veneer strips and crossed grain directions and done the glue up around a ring and fit the lenses so that they snap in and out.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 06:26 PM

Super neat. I think all woodworkers should have a pair!!

I’m thinking rosewood!!

This might catch on!! They are really cool!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 07:44 PM

Cool shades! I like the walnut the best. Going to have to add these to my woodworking bucket list. Local paper had an article about a year ago about a local guy who makes these for the high end optical shops and New York Fashion Designers. Very trendy because of the whole “eco-friendly” thing and Made in the USA. My Brother in Law is a sales rep for an optical company – he would freak if he saw me wearing a competing brand. (Hmmm… might have to move that up a few notches on the list, just for fun.)

Thanks for sharing, Happy July 4th!

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 11:11 PM

Cool shades, Man !

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 06:14 AM

That is cool

-- Vince

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 03:25 PM

They are realy cool!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 09:14 PM

Nice job Jim. Might have to try this myself. I can’t seem to keep a pair of plastics from breaking. Ha Ha.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 05:12 PM

Would be cool to resin impregnate the frames for safety, so that you don’t get clobbered in the face and end with splinters in the eye. That would not be cool at all, splinters in the eye.

Cool idea though!!!!

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#10 posted 07-10-2015 02:37 AM

I like those! looks like a fun project to do with my daughter!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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