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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-09-2014 10:02 PM 2651 views 13 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around three weeks ago, one of the hinges broke on my favorite pair of sunglasses – bummer!

Instead of buying a new pair, I found an older pair and limped along with them – until today, that is…......

Three days ago I started making what you see here – a solid walnut, handcrafted pair of wayfarer sunglasses.

I used my old pair as a template and harvested the lenses and little metal posts on the front – everything else is homemade, to include the hinges.

Day one was spent creating the main body of the glasses and figuring out how to hold in the lenses (solved by a grinding disc in my dremel). Tools used: Scrollsaw, sander and dremel.

Day two was cutting the arms and trying a very unsuccessful 1st attempt at hinges – both arms went into the trash. Doh!

Today was spent cutting another set of arms and figuring out a successful way of making the hinges. Tools used: Scrollsaw and dremel and a bunch of hand sanding.

Finish is a coat of walnut tinted danish oil and two coats of thinned shellac.

Pic 5 is a shameless “selfie” with my new shades. ;-)

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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BillinGa

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 10:08 PM

Exquisite! Other than that last pic, of course!

Good work!

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 10:13 PM

Wow really nice Bob. Cool factor is way high on this project. I’ve already decided I have to make a pair for myself.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 10:16 PM

very cool. I love them!!

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

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MrNorwood

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 10:49 PM

Dope!!!!!!!!!!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 11:04 PM

Can’t touch that. I quit. :(

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 11:24 PM

I bet those are the best pair of sunglasses ever!
And, they looked good until you put them on … chuckle I hope you can take a joke!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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S4S

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 11:38 PM

Impressivo !
quienes se ven bien en ti

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Nindwood

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 11:56 PM

Dude! You got way yay too much time. Love it.
Shop till u drop! (Woodshop that is)

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab. http://www.trimandcraft.ca/

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leafherder

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 12:00 AM

Great Job! I hope you enter those in the walnut contest.

Last year there was an article in the weekly Dayton (Ohio) City Paper about a guy in nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio who makes wooden eyeglass frames and sells them to a local independent optical shop (in Oakwood, Ohio) – apparently they are becoming a hot fashion trend that appeals to various sectors of the market (eco-friendly, buy American, support small business). The guy has even had orders from customers in other states.

-- Leafherder

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Hawaiilad

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 12:15 AM

I really like those…you did great. I have read stories of other people making them, plus have seen some in tourist galleries here in the Islands…pretty spendy if I remember correctly

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 12:21 AM

Impressive work, you have the patience and determination of a saint. Myself I use the cheapest sunglasses I can find so I do not get upset when they get lost, broken or on a rare occasion, thrown out the car window. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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rance

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 12:57 AM

Very well done. I have a pair of WalMart glasses I need to do the same thing with. Some day…

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#13 posted 02-10-2014 01:15 AM

WAY COOL

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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steve_in_ohio

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#14 posted 02-10-2014 01:36 AM

great idea, very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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SPalm

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#15 posted 02-10-2014 01:54 AM

That is way cool.
I wonder if they would work for bifocals too. Hmmm.

Good job Bob. You are a crazy guy.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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