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Wood Sunglasses

This guide describes my technique for creating wood sunglasses. Wood is both strong and beautiful, a fantastic alternative to most sunglasses on the market.

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  • Time Required: 1 to 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
Wood Sunglasses

I began tinkering with wooden sunglasses after several frustrations with fixing cheap plastic pairs. This guide will help you transform nearly any pair of sunglasses into wooden eye-wear with a little over an hour of work.


Step #1:

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Eventually I will provide some detailed steps on cutting the frames from wood as well as creating the original stencil. However, this step shows the frames being soaked in water prior to bending.

Step #2:

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It just so happens that many pots used in the kitchen are the perfect size for bending sunglasses because the pots are slightly larger than a human head. The clamps must be kept in place for a day before removing.

Step #3:

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The finished glasses with the arms attached and the lenses sandwiched between the pieces of the frame.


A bit of wood working experience is useful, but not necessary.


  • This is medium cool. I think you did a great job with these wood sunglasses but it takes more than that… that isn’t good enough.

  • Roberts

    Here is the guy from Latvia, who does it professionally :)

  • yani

    How did u put d lens inside d frame?

  • Jenn

    This is really interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing the template you used to cut the wood. Would you recommend any particular species of wood for this task? And just one tip, lenses are typically edged to fit into a bevel within a frame (each pair can get a slightly different bevel), so it might be helpful to add one to your next go round.

  • Thomas

    I was also thinking about making my own wooden sunglasses.. But I think it’s just too much time for a not so ‘nice’ result. I ordered mine at

  • Hey Thomas, looks like your link to woodproof is not working. This one does though:

    I was trying to make a pair with a little thinner frames, but they keep breaking, so I see why you opted to do a wider frame. Also, instead of doing 2 pieces for the frame, I did 1 piece and just tried cutting out a channel for the lens to go into. It was a pain getting the lens in, but once it was in there, it stayed snugly.