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Compass (My way)

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Project by madts posted 04-16-2020 09:17 PM 991 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt in making a wooden compass. It took me some time, which I for some reason have plenty of.

I had some bamboo cut offs that I decided to use.
Pic # 5 is the starting point. The piece is 300mm./ 14” long, 32mm./ 1 1/4” wide and 19mm./ 3/4” thick. Since the hinge was to be halflap I drilled 2 holes with a 30mm. forstner bit to half the depth. I then cut out the tapers on the bandsaw to what I thought would be pretty.
One leg was cut for the pencil so there would be a compression fit plus an elastic to hold the tip end. the other end drilled for a sharpened nail with the head cut off.
The top end was shaped after the 1/4” bold was fitted. I chiseled out for the hex end of the bolt and glued it with epoxy.
The tightening nut is made from Walnut and is tapped with a metal tap 1/4” by 20. After that I installed some 400 grit sandpaper, for friction, on one side of the halflap with double sided tape.
Finish is linseed oil.

All in all a fun project with a lot of things to figure out as I tried not to copy anything I have seen before.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.





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pottz

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 10:26 PM

nice compass i need to make one myself,except big,real big for marking large circles and arches.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 11:10 PM

Nice idea madts... and as that pottzy guy said, ideal for that beefy compass for drawing large circles… beats the nail and string technique.

However, one minor criticism… you need to get a better pencil locking system than that rubber band… is practical, but looks out of place.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 04-17-2020 12:43 AM

A very unique and usable tool.

I like it and have somewhat of the same thing that I use occassionally.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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pottz

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#4 posted 04-17-2020 12:54 AM



Nice idea madts... and as that pottzy guy said, ideal for that beefy compass for drawing large circles… beats the nail and string technique.

However, one minor criticism… you need to get a better pencil locking system than that rubber band… is practical, but looks out of place.

- LittleBlackDuck

that pottzy guy wow!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 04-17-2020 01:19 AM


that pottzy guy wow!
- pottz

Better than what you’re called in private! Take the compliment!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#6 posted 04-17-2020 02:05 AM


that pottzy guy wow!
- pottz

Better than what you re called in private! Take the compliment!

- LittleBlackDuck


your right,why am i complaining,thanks lord duck!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 04-17-2020 02:16 AM



your right,why am i complaining,thanks lord duck!

- pottz


Green bum, for not calling me a lard duck.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 04-17-2020 12:02 PM

I really like it and thanks for laying out the process. Definitely going on my favorites list.

Question: Did you add the sandpaper because it was slipping?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 04-17-2020 02:43 PM

Lazyman: I added the sandpaper because the nut is thin and did not want to put too much strain on the threads,

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 04-17-2020 03:00 PM

Pottz and Duck: Please take BS to an other forum.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 04-17-2020 05:22 PM

Great way to get the compass size you need. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 04-17-2020 06:34 PM


nice compass i need to make one myself,except big,real big for marking large circles and arches.

- pottz

You sure you’re not planning on making one of those steamed bun lids? Great compass by the way Madts!

-- Darrel

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 04-17-2020 08:35 PM


Pottz and Duck: Please take BS to an other forum.

—Madts.

- madts


I do appoloogise and understand your feelings for making comments and helping you boost your stats to get a DT3… But I suppose you prefer people not to indulge in friendly banter… especially on your time.

I appreciate your feeling and will avoid forther comments.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#14 posted 04-17-2020 09:37 PM


Pottz and Duck: Please take BS to an other forum.

—Madts.

- madts

I do appoloogise and understand your feelings for making comments and helping you boost your stats to get a DT3… But I suppose you prefer people not to indulge in friendly banter… especially on your time.

I appreciate your feeling and will avoid forther comments.

- LittleBlackDuck

ditto,sorry we pee’d in your wheaties.ill stay off your threads from now on :-\

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mafe

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#15 posted 05-01-2020 05:48 PM

I like your way!
Really fine compass and thinking.
It’s always fun to try and figure out, so I can understand why you did it like that.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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