Walnut Sunglasses

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Project by KnotCurser posted 171 days ago 2322 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. ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 171 days ago

Exquisite! Other than that last pic, of course!

Good work!

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 171 days ago

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 171 days ago

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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#4 posted 171 days ago


-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#5 posted 171 days ago

Can’t touch that. I quit. :(

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

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#6 posted 171 days ago

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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#7 posted 171 days ago

Impressivo !
quienes se ven bien en ti

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#8 posted 171 days ago

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

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#9 posted 171 days ago

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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#10 posted 171 days ago

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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#11 posted 171 days ago

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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#12 posted 171 days ago

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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#13 posted 171 days ago


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

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#14 posted 171 days ago

great idea, very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#15 posted 171 days ago

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

Good job Bob. You are a crazy guy.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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