Japanese marking compass
I post my blog no 200 here, amazing how time is running and that so many blogs 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.
In this blog I make a Toshio Odate inspired compass.
I dedicate this 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.
(As some of you can see this project is also from the archive, the old workshop).
Here is the sketch, less is more.
So we start with a piece of oak on the table saw.
Cutting up strips and a blank for turning.
Spin that thing!
A broken drill bit is grinded to a pin in each part.
And at the end of the cone, a hole is drilled to match the bit.
Here the parts and with the bit inserted in the cone.
I also burned my mark on the wood as you can see.
Marking up for the ‘mortise’, decided to go as low as possible for stability.
Drilling a series of holes in the centre jig.
Clamping and removing the waste.
We like sharp tools so a quick hone before cleaning up.
Notice the hole are following the wedge, so only bottom goes straight.
‘Braking’ the edges a wee bit.
Now the wedge is finally drawn up so it makes a perfect fit.
And put in place.
The knot does that it will not fall out.
Final trim of wedge.
Final trim on the bar.
Drill bit to fit pin, use a wee bit smaller one.
Drilling through the bar.
A bang with a hammer.
And we are through.
Wedge goes in.
Arm goes in.
Since I drilled the hole a little to deep so it goes into the hole, I deside to fix it with epoxy.
Here we are Japan meets MaFesan.
It works really fine.
And with no doubt it is the sexiest compass I have.
Hope this blog can inspire to some tool making and once more thank you all.
Best thoughts from my heart,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.