|Project by woodworksbyjohn||posted 05-27-2011 at 06:59 PM||1962 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
On a recent “window shopping” excursion to a new shopping center I came across a really cool pair of reading glasses that were stamped: Handmade in Germany. Since I’ve had my old frame for 7-8 years I decided to buy them. I expected to get a nice case to match but, much to my chagrin, was given a cheesy case made in China!!
Pretty obvious which is which in the picture. I happened to have some 8/4 Zebrawood so it was re-sawn and planed down. The case was formed by first making a masonite template of the shape needed to fit the glasses. I used a pin nailer to hold it onto the wood so that it could be routed out with a trim/plunge router and core box bit. Really like how the grain came out layered, almost like cutting Baltic Birch plywood at an angle. The router bit left the bottom rough so that was smoothed out with a small scraper. Soss hinges were used along with a rare earth magnet to keep the case closed securely. Finish is super blond shellac and wax. I may be prejudiced but I much prefer my wooden case to the Chinese import.
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