|Project by Jim Sellers||posted 07-04-2015 06:06 PM||1894 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
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.