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Making a compass

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Blog entry by Garageworkshop1 posted 08-02-2015 09:43 AM 1090 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this video I make a compass from two pieces of thin steel rod and some flat stock, a thumbscrew and a couple of brass pins.

The tips on the compass are regular mild steel. Not a lot to say about the project other than it’s a lot of filing and shaping.
For the curved piece I went to the hardware store and traced a pattern from a store model on a piece of paper which I than transferred to steel.

Really useful and simple project.

Build video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMBi2syy8xg



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#1 posted 08-02-2015 11:24 AM

Nice, blacksmithing with out the forge. Great “old time” looking set of dividers.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 11:31 AM

Exactly. Thanks a lot!

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 07:59 PM

Great work on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 08:40 PM

Thank you very much!

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#5 posted 08-08-2015 06:56 AM

I enjoy seeing something different from woodworking sometimes, very cool.

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#6 posted 08-08-2015 05:24 PM

I always thought that those tools were called dividers?

Any way, that is a heavy duty set and we’ll made.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 01:27 PM

Since I mainly use it to scribe circles I call it a compass but it works great as a divider too.

Thanks a lot guys!

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