How to Make Prescription Eyeglasses

I never would have thought I'd be making prescription glasses from scratch but here we are! For this project I teamed up with the channel How To Make Everything. These glasses will be made for Andy, the host of that channel. Over at How To Make Everything they make items from scratch to learn how things are made. Andy blew the glass, cut the shape and ground the curvature until he reached his prescription. He also cut down a tree and dried the wood. And then sent me the dried wood and lenses for me to make frames.

Making the frames was fairly simple and most of the work was done on the bandsaw. The lenses were epoxyed in and the frames were permanently attached to the sides which means they don't fold up. They were made this way because I didn't have an easy way to make the hinges from scratch.

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Tools and Supplies Used in This Woodworking Project

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glass making
Step 01: Glass Making
glass cutting
Step 02: Glass Cutting
milling wood
Step 03: Milling Wood
drum sanding
Step 04: Drum Sanding
drawing shape
Step 05: Drawing The Frames
cutting on bandsaw
Step 06: Cutting the Frames
shaping
Step 07: Shaping the Frames
cutting on bandsaw
Step 08: Cutting the Ear Pieces
cutting on bandsaw
Step 09: Cutting Finger Joints
gluing
Step 10: Gluing the Frames
dremel
Step 11: Shaping the Frames
gluing eye glasses
Step 12: Gluing in Lenses
wood finish
Step 13: Finishing