Hi I am form Norway.

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.
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.

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.

Step 1: Design

As i have said i have i suitable design, which i will be posting below. Feel free to edit mine, or use it as it is. Almost anything can be done as long as you keep basic shape of the lenses as it is. The file is made in autodesk inventor. I made the drawings in inventor, and it worked just fine, but it is not the best 2d Cad i know off.

From lens to CAD.

This Is how I transferred the shape of the lenses into cad.. Start by taking your lens, press it down on a flat piece of paper, then trace around it with small pen/pencil.(see picture) Place a ruler on the paper, then take a picture. The picture will be used to provide the correct scale in CAD program later. In your CAD program upload the picture in JPG, this is possible in most CAD programs. When you have your picture in cad, make a reference line the same length as your ruler. Then scale the picture so the line you drew is the same length as the ruler. Now you have 1:1 scale. Now all that is left is to trace over the picture you uploaded.
NOTE: take the picture exactly above the lens, and maybe you need to crop the picture in paint before you import it to you CAD software.

Other alternative, tape your lens onto the computer screen and draws around it. I did this the first time, but it is not the best solution!

Once you have your outline of the lens in CAD you can design whatever you want. The simplest approach is to draw one side of the frame, then use MIRROR command to make the other side. Happy designing.

the files are in: pdf,dxf and inventor part.
Update: I have now uploaded the files in dxf+dwg 2007 version, this files will work for most of you. All the parts are in a single document, including a “laser cut” piece. All the pieces are in the first pdf file.
The other dxf and inventor files are in 2014 format.

Cam software:
You will also need a cam file,but i see no point in posting my files here. Because i dont think the file i have made wil fitt your cnc or laser cutter. The simpelest cam software i know of is cambam http://www.cambam.info/ they have a free trail.

<p>Hey, <em>I made it..thanks to u!!</em></p>
<p>cool!! its nice to see someone making them!</p>
<p>hai,</p><p>Which Wood you use?</p>
<p>Awesomely accurate tutorial! When are you going to post the tutorial for making the glasses case? Can't wait for that one!</p>
<p>A simple way to get your sunglass profile is to scan the lens or old frames and import them into cade to get a good profile to trace that way the template comes out to be a perfect fit.</p>
<p>I used the TSH-05 hinges from the hing site you suggested, and 2 of the hinges arrived cracked where the 90 degree angle is in the metal. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there a type of hinge that would be the best option? I am not even going to put what I have on the ones I have made as I feel like I will need to replace them.</p>
<p>Im trying to open the dxf and dwg files in Carbide Create, but I keep getting this LUA Error...Can you help me? </p><p>[string &quot;dxfreader.lua&quot;]:641: bad argument #1 to 'pairs' (table expected, got string)</p>
<p>How did you get the lenses into the frames did they pop in or did you glue them? Awesome sunglasses, I want to make a pair which would go over my regular glasses and somehow clip in place there.</p>
<p>Thanks a lot! This instructable is really awesome. So I made this one out of 8 layers of veneer since I just have access to a laser cutter. I'm planning on making another one with orange glasses and mahagoni veneer. </p>
<p>Thanks, man! Awesome post, thanks to you, I've made this</p>
Really great instructable! I have a larger than average head, so finding sunglasses that fit is always a problem. Thanks to you, I'll just make my own from now on. Cheers!
Your instructable inspired me to make my own!!!
<p>These glasses look really cool, but aren't they somewhat heavier than plastic ones?</p>
<p>thanks! . They are actually much lighter. In fact most plastics used inn sunnglass frames have a density above 1g/mm^3, for example Cellulose acetate which has a density of 1.84g/mm^3. Wood has in general a lower density than 1g/mm^3 for example wallnut which i have used in moust of my wooden frames has a density of 0.6g/mm^3.</p>
<p>Well, that's interesting to know. So, how come all glasses are not made from wood then? I guess plastic is less expensive?</p>
<p>yes, that's true, while you make 1 wooden sunglasses in plastic you can make more than 20 a time or more. </p>
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evansabrokwa@gmail.com is my email.
evansabrokwa@gmail.com is my email.
evansabrokwa@gmail.com is my email.
I'm from Ghana.How do I contact you.I want you to teach me in person.please reply as soon as possible
It looks like you are using wood laminate flooring for your wood is that correct?
Id like to shake your hand sir, and one day give you a job.
<br>Hi,<br>I can't download the .dxf file to use with cambam. Could you send it by email? Tank you in advance<br><br>My email address is <br>federico.chiaretti@gmail.com
Hi,<br>I can't download the .dxf file to use with cambam. Could
<p>hello,</p><p>Unfortunately, I can not find the file attachment. Can you please send with them via email?</p><p>I would like to try the glasses mill in granite.</p><p>yours sincerely</p><p>Benjamin Kramer</p><p>Benjamin@steinmetz-kramer.de</p>
Sir, would you be interested in cutting me a set of frames, I will gladly pay you for your time. I have some Koa wood that would look amazing.
Incredible, I love seeing plastic things made from wood instead
<p>Hello,</p><p>I want to make a sunglasses and i want to use your files. the DXF files for autocad. I can't open it. Can you send me the files to <a href="mailto:ewoutjan@yahoo.com" rel="nofollow">ewoutjan@yahoo.com</a>.</p><p>I want to make it with my students on a school in the Netherlands. Thank u</p>
<p>Hi, i can't find the files for the laser. can someone help me?</p>
<p>Just beautiful, thank for sharing!</p>
<p>Great project! Lots of good advice but I did it a little differently. I already had frames and just wanted to replace the temples. I traced out the profile I wanted on 4mm thick sheets of oak (which I resawed) and roughly cut it with a band saw then sanded it down. Instead of laminating, I bent each temple with clamps and a heat gun. I made the hinges out of the same oak and salvaged screws from some cheap sunglasses. Lastly, I finished with an oil stain and polyurethane. I had fun making them.</p>
<p>thanks!. Your glasses and temples looks professional. how is the bend holding up agenst time? the hinges looks nice:)</p>
<p>The bend is holding up so far. It relieved very slightly (doesn't hold the exact curve of the mold) but still very good. I actually tried lamination, as you recommend, and it worked but I made a few mistakes during the process and it didn't look pretty. So I used the heat gun on my second attempt because I thought it would be less hassle. And it was.</p>
Hva brukte du slags oppskrift for hjemmelaget CNC? Which instructable did you use for your selfbuilt CNC?
<p>These are unbelievably cool!</p>
<p>Your design is great! Well done. I am having a tough time downloading the cad/dxf files though. Am I the only one? :-)</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Thanks, I have now uploaded the files in dxf and dwg 2007 versions. These files are named &ldquo;frogskinns all pieces <br>dwg/dxf 2007&rdquo; I think these files will work, but keep me posted if they don&rsquo;t. </p>
<p>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. </p><p>PD. Your English was pretty good, forgive mine, I'm writing from Venezuela.</p>
<p>where is it the files?</p>
<p>they are in step2 in many different formats </p>
<p>where is the files ??</p>
<p>very stylish</p>
<p>good </p>
<p>Did you fix a price to these glasses? I'd say $300.00 is a modest one. </p><p>Excellent craftsmanship.</p>
<p>Thank :D I am currently not interested in <br>selling them. I enjoy new projects more than being stuck with making the same <br>thing many times. I made this guide to <br>shear my experience and inspire people.</p>
<p>These are beautiful! great Job! </p>
<p>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? </p>

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