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DIY Wooden sunglasses

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Hi I am form Norway and I Lovemaking things.


My first attempt at making wooden sunglasses was 4 years ago, but that attempt did not succeed very well. But about half a year ago I finally succeeded. My research in the project started basically from scratch. At the beginning I had only a very basic homebuilt cnc(I still use) it and no clue about how to program it, neither how to draw in a CAM/CAD software. But now as I am 18 years old I know a lot more :P, have more experience, but my English is still rusty.


I have developed a design witch looks and works very well. The shape of the shades is similar to the oakley frogskins , infact it uses the same lenses. Naturally that is also the reason they look similar.
I think I have spent more than 30 hours developing the final usable design. The same design I will be posting here, in all the formats I have available. Please feel free to use my design, I only made it for fun. I am making this step by step guide so more people can use my design, and make cool wooden glasses.

This instructable is based on the use of a cnc machine. It is also possible to make the shapes with a laser cutter, or by hand, but then you must change the design a litte bit.

1: Order leneses
. i recomend using high end lenses. The lenses i have used are oakley frogskins lenses. Therefore i recomend ordering them if you are using my plans. When it comes to color i recomend using either black, brown or gray. Vibrant colors will draw attention away from the wood, and is therefore not suitable. I recommend polarized lenses, but it is not a must.

here is a link displaying available frogskinns (replica) lenses on ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=oakley+frogskins+polarized+lenses&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.H0&_nkw=oakley+frogskins+polarized+lenses&_sacat=0
These might be a bit expensive, but I strongly recommend using quality lenses.

1.5 Order/salvage hinges
You will need hinges, obviously. I found this site selling hinges suitable for wooden sunglasses. I think all the models in the link can be used. I think these would work best with my design (TH-24 5.0mm) or something similar.
http://www.tailiglassesparts.com/assorted_eyeglass_hinges.html

Or you can buy a pair of “cheap plastic sunglasses” with metal hinges, and loot the hinges. This is what I have done with almost all the pairs I have made. The exception is when I used spring hinges on the oak pair, but this was not a success. Because the hinges were lacking a friction surface therefore the hinges did not stick to the wood.
The metal hinges salvaged from “cheap sunglasses” do have “hooks” witch makes them suitable for inserting in wood, but they are quite hard to mount correctly. This I will be covering later.

note: not all the pictures are form the same pair of glases.

 
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The Rambler28 days ago

These are unbelievably cool!

stumitch3 months ago

Your design is great! Well done. I am having a tough time downloading the cad/dxf files though. Am I the only one? :-)

I had trouble downloading the cad files from my work computer. I got on my android phone downloaded it from the m.instructables.com and sent it via email so I could download and open it on my computer. I imagine that your computer firewall may be blocking traffic. i hope this helps.

sabladask (author)  stumitch3 months ago

Thanks, I have now uploaded the files in dxf and dwg 2007 versions. These files are named “frogskinns all pieces
dwg/dxf 2007” I think these files will work, but keep me posted if they don’t.

Jeizee1 month ago

Hi Sabladask, what an awesome Job you did here. The way you explain each step is nothing but clear. I'm trying to make my self a pair of wooden sunglasses since a long time ago, but I haven't found how to. I will try now using your instructable and I thank you for that. What I can't find is the .pdf files you talk about during the explanation. If you can tell me how can I get them would be cool. Thanks again in advance.

PD. Your English was pretty good, forgive mine, I'm writing from Venezuela.

cmejia41 month ago

where is it the files?

sabladask (author)  cmejia41 month ago

they are in step2 in many different formats

cmejia41 month ago

where is the files ??

AARENAARON2 months ago

very stylish

nice

sathit3 months ago

good

Mihsin4 months ago

Did you fix a price to these glasses? I'd say $300.00 is a modest one.

Excellent craftsmanship.

sabladask (author)  Mihsin4 months ago

Thank :D I am currently not interested in
selling them. I enjoy new projects more than being stuck with making the same
thing many times. I made this guide to
shear my experience and inspire people.

chriswooten574 months ago

Very cool and pretty too. Voted

chriswooten57

These are beautiful! great Job!

Hi, I tried opening your ipt file in inventor. I'm planning to make a pair, but instead of plying the frame from sheets of wood, I want to route it on a 4-axis cnc-outer, but i need to bend it and and some features. The problem is that I can't edit your file in inventor. Here's a picture of the problem. Do you know how to fix it?

Udklip.PNG
sabladask (author)  JeppeMikkelsen4 months ago

I think the
file is in inventor 2014, maybe that is the problem? I will look into it, and
see if I can upload some other format.

Thanks :D
sabladask (author)  JeppeMikkelsen4 months ago

Now i have uploaded a different Inventor format. I hope it works out for you

HunterTX814 months ago

Amazing instructable, and it couldn't have come at a better time.....I've been scouring the internet for the past 3 days trying to find detailed instructions on how to make these. Beautiful work, and I can't wait to try it out!! You have my vote for both contests!!

sabladask (author)  HunterTX814 months ago

thanks, poste a picture maybe when they are done?

sabladask (author) 4 months ago

Thanks for
the positive feedback everyone, and feel free to ask questions!

Alderin4 months ago

Very cool project! Due to a bad headache last week I was laying in the dark wishing I had some near-solid sunglasses so I could do something other than lay in the dark. These wouldn't be very hard to modify to achieve that. Good tip on the lenses, too! I hadn't thought to look for those separately.

As for your English, I've seen it butchered far worse by native speakers
who don't even have a second language. Your English is readable,
understandable, and well constructed in most cases. Much better than I'd
do at Norsk, I'm sure. :-)

Beautiful woodwork and excellently executed. You have the patience and persistence of a true craftsman. I also applaud your use of natural and renewable wood treatments. Very well done!

RMHayes19544 months ago

This is some very nice work. Your English was perfectly readable. You've developed quite a talent for a youngun, and you patience in developing the process is admirable. Thanks for a great 'able.

dwoodworth4 months ago
Really cool, tanks for posting!
wold6304 months ago

Amazingly impressive!

jcuadrado4 months ago
I'm definitely making this
Matt Carl4 months ago
Wow, these are absolutely beautiful!!
askjerry4 months ago

I never knew you could order just the lenses... nice tip!

I loved this instructable... voted, favorited, and added to my collection. I like the idea, the way you did it, and the great instructions. Excellent job.

I'd like to give you a tip... if you want an image off the screen... for a PC you can hit the function key and F11 [FN]+[F11] which will copy it to the clipboard, then enter your graphics program and either PASTE [CTRL]+[V] or click on "paste as new image".

It looked like your one image was taken from a MAC... if so... try this...

http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_...

Great job!

Jerry

I guess I still don't understand this whole "collection" thing.
can you take a moment to explain, if not here than in a message.

Just started doing it today... it's like a Playlist... "Jerry's Top Pics"... so if someone looks at my profile... they will see my personal favorites. As I understand it anyway.
shorepatrol4 months ago

Way Cool. These should be the only thing you have on at the nude beach.;{)

kriemer4 months ago

I think you should reconsider the use of olive oil as a finish as the oil might over time go rancid. Rather use a light mineral oil or a tung oil.

I am somewhat embarrassed to offer this suggestion as I could not possibly build these wonderful frames myself.

Regards

k

Eldalote4 months ago

Wow! That's really cool! Great idea :)

i want to have some wooden sunglasses on me right now

Oak Oakleys!

Very nice.

bertus52x114 months ago

Nice one! I'll vote for you in the contest!

JoeyHersh4 months ago

sick man!

Very cool, great job done here :)

desertsniper4 months ago
I'll have to give this a try
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