Step 4: Using the Laser Cutter

We could have chosen to cut this with a handheld tool but we wouldn't have had such smooth lines. So we definitely recommend using a laser cutter to cut the finished design.

Like we said in Step 3, we will need to cut 3 pieces of wood, one for the inner layer and two for the outer layer. 

You usually find a shop that does laser cutting in cities and it actually is really cheap for this project as you don't need to cut that much.
For the more adventurous, you can find many good instructables on how to build your very own laser cutter. I am telling you that after this experience, I am personally going to build me one. It's such a cool tool. 
<p>can you tell me the reason why make 3 layers of the main frame besides putting the lens and making glass look nice?</p>
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<p>Hi, how do i engrave my name in the side of the sunglasses (legs)? can i use a burn tool or hot stamp? thanks</p>
<p>Hi Guys, i can't see the template's download link, can you help me please? Thanks.</p>
<p>Too late, but here it is...<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/F0I/CMVY/H2WEJNVR/F0ICMVYH2WEJNVR.ai</p>
Hardest parp is to add lenses. Any advantages for it?
Hey Guys, <br> <br>I see a couple of you have questions about installing the lenses. My suggestions, after making over 100 pairs of wood sunglasses, use a dremel tool to cut the fitting for the lens on the inside of the frame. Then place the frame in a bowl of water and microwave it for 4 or 5 minutes. This will cause the wood to expand giving you the chance to place the lenses in, then let the frame dry out and they lenses will be in nice and tight. I did this for a guy I know that runs a wood sunglasses company at www.hatcheteyewear.com
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Thanks for your sharing so much! It's quite useful! <br> <br> <br> I found various hinges very suitable for wood eyeglass here: <br> <br>http://www.tailiglassesparts.com/assorted_eyeglass_hinges.html ; <br> <br> they supply rivet hinges and spring hinges for wooden frame,really one good source online. <br>
Hey, I find these instructions very usefull, thanks for sharing, I am trying to do the same and trying to use the plastic curved lenses from some fake plastic glasses, please help me out on placing the lenses to the frame, only part that confused me really is the lense installation, if you can explain this process a bit more detailed I would really appriciate, thanks
Where did you get your wood?
Hi Memominator, <br /> <br />great instructable. I just have one question, similar to the one put up by Soupraok. Just a little confused on the attaching the lenses part. <br />Is your inner frame just a little bit larger than the outer? and hence you are gluing the actual lens from the outside part of the sunglasses to the little bit of wood sticking out from the inner frame? <br />I'm just slightly confused about that. <br />Also any suggestions on if I didnt want to go the 3 ply way? and just wanted to create a solid frame and then try and attach the lenses to it? how would i manage that? <br /> <br />Hope you can help!!
Hi memominator,<br> In fact, you can skip <em>&quot;step 5: Cleaning the Burn Marks from the Laser Cutter&quot; </em>if you use masking (paper) tape.<br> That's what one can see in my instructable about &quot;Laser cut foldable wooden glasses&quot;.
Where did you get the hinges?
Hi bobiebob, <br>No need for extraneous hinges, just fab them yourself! :-) <br>I show them in my instructable about the &quot;laser cut foldable articulated wooden glasses&quot;! <br>(no offense to you, memominator!)
Hi bobiebob, <br> <br>We got the hinges from some local glasses repair shops. Like we said in Step 1 (just above these comments), the shop keepers gave us more than a few of different types of hinges. And all for free. They said they couldn't put a price on that. And they were really impressed with our project as well. We got really good tips from them on how to build the glasses, by the way. <br> <br>At first we thought about laser cutting these as well, and maybe pin them with some pin. But we thought that would be a pain in the a.. :)
Dude. Awesome. I think I may need to try this soon. Wish I had access to a laser cutter though. That complicates this project a bit, but it would be totally worth the work.
Hi 21GeeOff21, <br> <br>I am really glad you like it so much. <br>Now related to what you said about access to a laser cutter, I think you could also try to cut it with a CNC machine and if you have or know someone that has hands that don't tremble that much you might also try this. <br> <br>We made some tests before actually ending up with this solution. You could also try using some hand tools and see it you can manage something. Try for example to draw a circle on a wooden panel and see if you can cut it as good as possible with what tools you have in the house. If you like the result, you can try making these glasses as well.
I'm pretty good with hand tools, so that's probably going to be the way I go. Just slightly worried about evenness of the frames as well as their probably delicacy while working on them. Should be doable and I'm excited to get this done over some future upcoming weekend.
So, you laser cut the frames three times? I am alittle confused... Great instructable other wise! I really want to make these!
Hi Soupraok, <br> <br>Thanks for pointing that out. I changed some things in Step 3 and 4 so that it is not confusing anymore, hopefully.

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