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How to make a large wooden compass

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Project by Jack Houweling posted 04-29-2015 04:32 AM 2734 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to use a compass for woodworking, this one is spring loaded
and has a fine adjust screw. The points make it easy to get precise measurements and for marking distances repeatably and very accurately.

This was a very simple woodworking project and one that I will certainly use often. The reach is slightly over 1 foot. I really like many different measuring tools and this one is a keeper. An easy woodworking tool that can be made in less than 1 hour.

Check out the video and let me know what you think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQtHN1uk3_A

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net





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#1 posted 04-29-2015 04:40 AM

Looks good, well built, and very useful. Nicely done Jack.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Jack Houweling

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 05:43 AM

Thanks John, it is a very useful tool.

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 08:41 AM

I like it and can see how helpful this tool cold be in the shop.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 10:26 AM

Nicely done, Jack! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 02:27 PM

Nice work, excellent idea. I have often needed a bigger compass and instead made do with a ruler and two nail holes. Guess I have another small project to make now…....

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 03:10 PM

It’s a nice tool and will be good to have in the shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 02:45 AM

I have had one of these on my “to do” list for some time. Thanks for sharing, you got me moving on my build.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Jack Houweling

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 03:17 AM



I like it and can see how helpful this tool cold be in the shop.

- Ken90712

Thanks Ken, it is a great tool to have in the shop!

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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Jack Houweling

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 03:19 AM



Nicely done, Jack! Thanks for sharing.

- CFrye

Thanks for watching Candy!

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 03:21 AM



Nice work, excellent idea. I have often needed a bigger compass and instead made do with a ruler and two nail holes. Guess I have another small project to make now…....

- woodbutcherbynight

I hope you can make one, very easy project!

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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Jack Houweling

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 03:22 AM



It s a nice tool and will be good to have in the shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles!


-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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Jack Houweling

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 03:24 AM



I have had one of these on my “to do” list for some time. Thanks for sharing, you got me moving on my build.

- hunter71

Thanks, good luck with your build, let me know how it goes!

-- Jack, Delta B.C. http://www.jax-design.net

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 12:03 PM

Jack, I love watching your videos, I get very inspired. Thanks from Toronto!

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#14 posted 05-01-2015 12:10 PM

By the way, where did you obtain the knurled brass knob which you used on the compasses (compass’s?) threaded rod?

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#15 posted 05-01-2015 05:17 PM

Great job, thanks for share

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