Bunmawashi - Japanese beam compass

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Project by mafe posted 11-12-2013 05:25 PM 4831 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese marking compass

I post my post no 200, amazing how time is running and that so many blogs and posts have been made from me playing with wood and trying to understand how to work it.
I will like to thank you all here on LJ, for all the inspiration you have given me, good advice, friendships and kind words that kept me posting.

This is a Toshio Odate inspired compass.

I dedicate the blog to all my friends here at LJ and since it is my 23 blog on Japanese tools of course also to Toshio Odate, who has been such a huge inspiration to me.

The post is pictures from the blog:


1. Bunmawashi .
2. Pieces.
3. Playing with tools.
4. Wedge are shaped.
5. Details made.
6. It actually works really fine.

_Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

15 comments so far

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Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 06:07 PM

a good compass is not always easy to find. I really like what you created and will be making one for my wood shop also. I love to create and to try cut out patterns of what others have spent time on creating. Thanks for sharing. happy wood trails .

-- Jeffery Mullen

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 06:20 PM

That is a cool compass, Mads. I think the name you have on it is fine- it says it all!!

Cheers, my friend!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 06:20 PM

Hello Mafe

A great compass.

You are fascinated by japanese woodworking

Congratulations for the blog. A very clear blog
I like it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 06:59 PM

A very nice tool and well made. Since I have in mind to make myself a compass, I’ll consider this design. Thanks for posting the blog as well. Those japanese tools are very well thought !



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 12:08 AM

Very Nice Piece of Work! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 12:37 AM

Mighty fine, Mads. Mighty fine

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 12:40 AM

Call it BØRGE after my late uncle. One name is as goods as another.

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

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 01:00 AM

The elegant simplicity of these tools is really awesome, Mads.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 09:47 AM

That looks quite handy Mads and you did a nice job making it. It is wonderful that a woodworker can actually make most of his tools with a very sparse amount of steel involved. As usual you are making our woodworking experience richer by introducing us to new/old tools and ideas. Thanks much for that. Your contribution to LJ is certainly appreciated by so many of us. Congrats on your 200th blog!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 09:50 AM

Nice one Mads


-- 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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#11 posted 11-13-2013 03:34 PM

My sister Nah washi her bum either! oooh what a ming.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 11-13-2013 03:52 PM

Mads, I always love to see your posts. You are such an interesting and talented man and an inspiration to so many of us here on Lumberjocks because of your knowledge and skill and all of the wonderful things that you create. Congratulations on this milestone.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 11-13-2013 04:34 PM

Thanks for the inspiration Mads. ;) Greetings.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#14 posted 11-14-2013 03:55 PM

Thanks for another beautiful and inspiring tool! I found your little maker’s mark in the photos, but no pipe this time? But please don’t smoke it—it is just a photo prop—we need you around to keep us inspired!


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#15 posted 11-14-2013 08:22 PM

Great tool Mads! Now I want one!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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