Marking Guage / Compass

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Project by Doug posted 11-28-2010 11:02 PM 2353 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun little project to make. I got the plans from Shop Notes volume 17. The head is made of walnut and the compass beam is white oak. While it looks fairly simple to make it took a fair amount of planning. When I made the sliding dovetail pin of the compass beam I undercut it just a mite. I had to shim the head a little to get it to fit right. This project was made in order that I might be able to accurately layout some archs for the front fence of my crosscut sled. Over all it turned out pretty good. I might apply a finish at some point but for now I need to use it. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 11:26 PM

Very handy.
Sure beats my method of drilling holes in rulers.
The aluminium ones eventually fall apart.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 12:33 AM

Nice one, simple & neat.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 03:42 AM

Nice design. If you need to draw a bigger circle, simplly make a longer beam. Very well thought out.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 04:09 PM

Nice shop tool. How do you adjust the length/radius?

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 05:48 PM

That’s a real good way to make a compass and you did a great job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 10:37 PM

Very nice, well done!

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