Zebrawood Glasses Case vs. Made in China

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Project by woodworksbyjohn posted 05-28-2011 01:59 AM 3253 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 05-28-2011 07:43 AM

beautiful glasses case, might make a cigar case or flybox similar to that

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 03:45 PM

Thanks, glad you like them. The only somewhat tricky part was the hinges, just need to be very accurate in locating them. Learned the hard way that once they’re in you basically have to destroy them to remove!

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 04:05 PM

I like the case and your choice of wood, as well as the hinges, and the use of the rare earth magnet.

I’d like to start using rare earth magnets and will likely use them in a similar fashion, but will countersink them slightly, then put a very thin plug over them to hide them. They’ll still have enough power to hold it closed, but will be completely hidden.

I’m going to have to go look at your pistol cases now.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 04:10 PM

Putting a thin plug over the magnet is a great idea, when I first put them in they were perfectly flush and you could barely get the case open—matter of fact my wife couldn’t do it! To solve that I removed the washer and set it a bit deeper.

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