Hand Tool Journey #14: Shop Made Dovetail Layout Compass.. Part 2

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Just a quick update.. I see a lot of views but no feedback.. I’m beginning to think this is a stupid idea but, I’m pushing forward anyway.

I got the legs rough cut and ready to be mortised into the hinge. I also got the brass curve cut. The geometry of that thing is a bit confusing but I think once the legs are shaped and the mortise is in place for that to go through it will make more sense. Right now the curve doesn’t seem like it will want to go through the same spot on the leg throughout the sweep but, we shall see.

Some quick pics for this morning..

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 426 days ago

One of those reads was me.

I’m amazed that you’re building something like this; it’s not something I’d even try.

Keep us updated on progress!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 426 days ago

^ Same

It’s looking good so far. Curious what you’ll be doing for pins in the end of the legs (or if you are?)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 426 days ago

Sorry guys, I just had a temporary moment of self doubt there lol. I’m not sure what inspired me to try this but it has been a very strong nag on my brain wanting to try it for a while now.

This miniature joinery is nerve racking to say the least but I figure if I can get this done than the mortises in my workbench will be cake lol.

I have one leg mortised into one half of the hinge now and glued (waiting for it to dry). Then I can sink a brass pin into it. I had thought about drawboring it into the joint but the walls were so thin I was worried about spitting those so that got scrapped. The wife and I have to get to a baby appointment so the other leg will have to wait and I will definitely be posting updates as they come along.

Mos.. I plan to use some 1/4” brass rod sharpened to a point for the pins. They will be a bit softer than steel but they just have to stay sharp enough to stay “pokey” (best way I can describe it) they aren’t going to be scribing anything major so they should work.

-- Eric -

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#4 posted 426 days ago

That’s coming out nicely! I’d love to see the finished project in use.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 426 days ago

Obviously, the center of the brass arc must be at the axis of the hinge.
No comment before because i did not understood what it was about in the first installment.
Just go on. There is no reason why it would not work.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#6 posted 424 days ago

I’m just catching up. It looks like a good idea, although the curve in the brass looks to steep.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 402 days ago

I Like your work
where do you acquire your brass knobs etc?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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