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    Tips for inserting lenses into Wood Frames

    Hello
    I am cutting a pair of lenses to be inserted into a wooden optical frame , any tips or tricks to do the job without breaking the wood frame?

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    Sell em a different frame. lol! Those things never fit correct and are almost impossible to adjust without breaking, yes, speaking from experience. If a patient brings 1 in I just send to the lab and I tell them there is very little to no adjustment on them. I refuse to carry them in the shop.
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    We stopped selling them. We keep a few pairs in the back for a specific patient, who eventually will, and no fault of his own, break them. We have to warranty them every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spotless View Post
    Hello
    I am cutting a pair of lenses to be inserted into a wooden optical frame , any tips or tricks to do the job without breaking the wood frame?
    Poly so you get some flex in the lens.
    Careful safety bevels front and back.
    If you have too much power/thickness and lose the flex you will be out of luck.
    Maybe run a few test lenses and try -0.1, -0.2 on sizing and see if you can get away with it.

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    The biggest problem with wood frames, from what I have seen, is how they respond to temperature and humidity. Apparently the people who makes these frames don't think about changes in dimensionality relative to these two factors and pick something that is relatively unresponsive to the changes in such factors. I have seen a pair warp like crazy after the owner kept leaving the glasses in the bathroom when showering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelarep View Post
    The biggest problem with wood frames, from what I have seen, is how they respond to temperature and humidity. Apparently the people who makes these frames don't think about changes in dimensionality relative to these two factors and pick something that is relatively unresponsive to the changes in such factors. I have seen a pair warp like crazy after the owner kept leaving the glasses in the bathroom when showering.
    Oh don't get started --- splinters, catching fire, woodpeckers, bark weevils and deciding which furniture polish to use --- the list just goes on and on and on.

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    There are some higher end wood frames that have eyewear screws, making life easier. Trivex has even fore flex...

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    I've never dealt with one but I would lean toward edging them like the old Zyloware nylon Invisible.

    Undercut it a half millimeter or so for a no stress insertion- then slip a little plastic lens liner (from Hilco) into the bezel.

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    The brand of the wood frame makes a big difference in quality and longevity.
    I have experience working with both ROLF and February 21st.
    The largest hurdle is making the customer aware that the frame is WOOD and therefore will respond differently than metal or plastic. WOOD will only be able to have certain adjustments performed, a set number of repairs performed, doesn't react well with high humidity or altitude.. you name it.

    Uncle Fester has it right - error on the side of cutting the lenses a little small and use a lens interliner band (some brand companies - Mykita, Lindberg, etc. - make these to fit into grooved lenses to fit if small).
    Otherwise there is a "perfect" size in which the lens fits snug AND doesn't put extra stress on the frame - but this takes trial and error to find and everyone will have slightly different measurements based on machine, calibration, etc.

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    Who uses wood frames these days? Back in the day we used to edge a little large and take them down by hand very carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John@OWDC View Post
    Oh don't get started --- splinters, catching fire, woodpeckers, bark weevils and deciding which furniture polish to use --- the list just goes on and on and on.
    Imagine the horror of taking a nap with the glasses on and waking up to find a woodpecker standing on your head pecking at the frame!

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    And are they warrantied against termites?

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