Mid last year I made these sunglasses and I thought I would share them here. Check out the video above to see how I made them! Thanks to my beautiful baby sister for kindly modelling these! It's much better than seeing them on me.

Step 1: The Lenses

First up, we'll need some lenses. I ripped some out a plastic pair of sunglasses I got free!

Step 2: The Templates

Using the original sunglasses I produced some 1:1 cutting templates. If you are using similar sized lenses you can download the ones I used from my website: http://thiswoodwork.com/making-wooden-sunglasses-summer-woodworking-project/

Step 3: Attaching the Templates

Next, the templates are stuck to the rough blank with a little wood glue.

Step 4: Cutting Out the Frames

Using the scrollsaw the frames are cut roughly to shape, If you don't have a scrollsaw you can do this by hand, it's just going to take a while!

Step 5: Cutting the Frames 2

To cut the opening for the lenses drill through the blank and thread through the blade. Leave the cavity slightly over-sized at this point.

Step 6: Cutting the Temples

The temples (or arms) are cut out in the same way.

Step 7: Fitting the Lenses

Align each lens properly and trace around them with a pencil. Sand close to the marked line, leaving a small rim just under 1mm (IMPORTANT) I used a drum sanding attachment at the drill press to do this.

Step 8: Shaping

The final shape cannot be achieved on the scrollsaw, so using a small handsaw cut away the remaining material and use a hand-file to shape. The original sunglasses serve as a good reference when doing this.

Step 9: Shaping 2

Using sanding attachments, sand to the final shape. (If you don't have these some careful filing and sandpaper should work.)

Step 10: Fitting the Lenses 2

Now to cut the rim for the lenses. Using a rotary cutting disk mounted in the drill press for ease, I cut a shallow groove around the edge of the lens cavity, for the lens to slot in to. This will take some care and a bit of trial and error, but should work if you are careful.

Step 11: The Hinges

Next is the hinges. I could have made some tiny wooden hinges, but it was far easier to cut them off of an old pair of cheap plastic ones!

Step 12: Fitting the Hinges

To attach the hinges mark the position and cut a small cavity on both the front and temples of the glasses. (I used a small drill bit to do this.)

Step 13: Gluing the Hinges

The hinges were glued into the cavities with some quick-set epoxy.

Step 14: Applying the Finish

Finally a finish can be applied to the glasses, before the lenses are pressed into place. For a finish I used mineral oil just to be safe, but I am sure that some spray lacquer would be fine too!

<p>what kind of wood did you use and where do you recommend we get it?</p>
<p>Well done! You should treat yourself and those frames to a nice pare of polarized lenses! Its a disgrace to use the cheep ones in when you've crafted the rest of the sunglass so nicely! Great cheep project though.</p>
Do you know where to buy the polarized lenses for this style of glasses? I can't find any for under $30
<p>They are great but knowing me I would either leave them in the pub or sit on them -- cue heart broken!!</p>
<p>Definitely gonna try to make these this summer, but with actual lenses since I have terrible vision :P These are so cool!</p>
You glasses looks grate:) i like that they are crafted by hand ( no cnc).
<p>Could you do these with regular glasses?</p>
<p>Yes. Same principal, just be far more careful with the real lenses.</p>
<p>Just don't forget that prescription lenses factor in pupilary distance and have a focal point... there's a lot more precision required than for non-corrective lenses.</p>
<p>Wow they look awesome! You've got some nice skills! You make the sunglasses yourself while others buy them for a lot of mony at a (desing) shop!!</p><p>keep your work up - i'm looking forward to seeing new projects</p>
<p>Very cool. Nothing like hand crafted.</p>
That takes proper skills nothing I could do they look lovely I imagine you could sell a few of those <br>I was always annoyed at school the boys got to do woodwork and girls had to do home economics it was so unfair from a very early age I used to stare longingly in to the workshop classrooms and my brothers told me id do them for at 11 lying watsits
<p>wow, beautiful work by a beautiful artist!</p>
<p>This is great, admirable.Very nice work, congratulations!!</p>
Awesome! People love hand made items. Do u sell any on Etsy?
How do you attach the lens at the end
<p>Apologies, looks like I missed that! They are just pressed into the rim cut on the inside edge of the frame. It is easy to see what happens in the video.</p>
<p>Very cool, but WAY beyond this old man's capability.</p>
Cool beyond words...
<p>That's very kind, thank you!</p>
Wow those look really amazing, great job! Now I need make myself a pair. Thank you so much for sharing.
<p>I'm glad you like them! Best of luck!</p>
<p>They look amazing! </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>These look so good! Thanks for sharing with the community! </p>
<p>awesome work. an great youtube channle </p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>

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Bio: Hi, I'm Alex Harris, Engineering student and "YouTube woodworker". For more about me, visit my website: http://thiswoodwork.com/
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