"Are those wooden glasses?" (Mangkono wood)

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Project by NicoJose posted 991 days ago 3579 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

~Yes, how COOL would it be to wear your favorite wood on your face 16 hours a day?

I bought a new pair of glasses on October 3, 2011. On October 26, while putting on my safety goggles, I didn’t realize I accidentally drop it on the floor. As soon as I stepped back, I broke the legs of my 23 day old glasses and my heart felt crushed cause I really liked them. Plus, it takes me a long time to break and replace a pair.

While picking up the broken pieces, I looked around my shop, my wood and my tools… I started to think. After a few minutes, I suddenly had a smirk on my face.

The Mangkono (Philippine Ironwood) wood is my favorite and one of the strongest/hardest wood in the world (see _ It has a natural brownish-purple color and the one in my dad’s collection is about 150yr old. I focused all my energy on personalizing my glasses. I used a solid piece of wood, bandsaw, diamond grinder, belt & disc sander and my travel-size carving set. Then, I used the parts and hinges of the broken pair, jewelry making kit and had my Dremel for finishing and buffering.

NOTE that any ordinary wood would break with the thin cuts I made, especially the ear brace area. I also had to try it on a thousand times to get the right fit since its my first time to make one. It was a good challenge going from a 6ft giant chair to an 8’’ eye glasses.

Anyway, I’ve been wearing it for 10 days now and it works like a dream. I get to wear Mangkono on my face like a geeky woodworker. Its the perfect conversation piece! If people ask for a sample of my work, I can actually say “you’re looking at it”. I’m happy to be a walking ad of my work. =p

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#1 posted 991 days ago

Awesome!! Maybe I’ll have to do this someday!


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#2 posted 991 days ago

Awesome, I had to call over everyone in the house to have a look.

-- J

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#3 posted 991 days ago

Great idea and very, very nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 991 days ago

Nico those look great. How are the lenses held in place?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#5 posted 991 days ago

Youare a GEEK, but those glasses are sweet. Now I think I want a pair. I wonder if Bubinga would work?

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#6 posted 991 days ago

What a fantastic and creative idea! Beautiful job and they look great on you !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 991 days ago

Cool idea – a great way to turn disappointment into success! I suspect you will make more of these…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 990 days ago

these look real italian cool

and they follow the ripples
on your head too lol

(it is just the ear pieces
that were broke guys)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 990 days ago

@usnret: I don’t think bubinga would work. Tropical wood is harder than others in different climates. But, you could try using wood harders which you can purchase in home depot. You could also try lamination bending of different kinds of wood which will make it more durable than just a solid piece.


-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#10 posted 990 days ago

Very cool! Now if I can only break my titanium frames . . .

You could have a custom order business here!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 990 days ago

I broke my titanium frames this week, and I have thought about fixing them with a piece of wood. My glasses broke midway on the nose bridge. I don’t know if I have any wood dense enough though.
Thanks for the post and those are nice looking frames.

-- Mel,

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#12 posted 990 days ago

Simply awesome

-- Norman

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#13 posted 989 days ago

Those look fabulous!

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#14 posted 989 days ago

Great way to use your tools and ideas for a great pair of glasses

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#15 posted 989 days ago

love it;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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