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post #1 of 6 Old 02-15-2017, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Wood Sunglasses Frames Finish- oil, wax, shellac or other?

Hi I am new to this group and looking for a safe, natural finish to hardwood sunglasses frames. I have assorted hardwood veneers, such as walnut, mahogany, cherry, oak and maple. I would like to keep them natural looking, so no stain and wonder if I can get away with an oil coat, wax finish, shellac or combination, etc...

I've done some initial research and am more confused than ever and humbly request your advice.

thank you!

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I don't have a comment on the finish but those look sweet! Do you sell them?

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Hi NG, thank you! Yes, this summer I hope to be in "production". I produce polycarbonate frames at the moment but want to return to my roots of woodworking. Please Google Charlie V sunglasses and check out our site. the wood frames are turning out really nice- appreciate the comment.
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Hi gerard/galcini:

I think you're going to have to do some trial and error. My first instinct is to recommend butcher-block conditioner such as Howard Butcher-Block Conditioner. It has some great stuff in it like vitamin E and bee's wax. But I can't be sure it will hold up to the wear of being an apparel. Polyurethane will definitely provide the best durability while keeping the natural wood look but its kind of thick and honestly I wouldn't want to wear Polyurethane glasses I don't think. So like I said at first, you'll have to conduct some experiments. There aren't a lot of people making wood framed glasses, at least not as many as there are making boxes and benches. It's fairly new so there just isn't much experience out there on finishing wood that is meant to be worn.

When you do find the magic solution I would love to know what you went with.
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Safe and natural - mineral oil. Coat it, let it soak in, wipe off excess. Since you have a lot of end grain with the plywood those areas will need more oil. 3-4 coats should do. It WILL need re-applied by the end user in the future if they want to keep the look.
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Very nice work, Gerard! It doesn't totally fit your criteria but I would lacquer those in a heartbeat.


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