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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-17-2015 02:02 AM 2631 views 20 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had the need for a larger compass and I had this rosewood sitting on the bench telling me it wants to be that compass. I had enough for 3 so I made 2 for my friends and I thought I should make them nice looking being I’m using such nice wood.

They are 15” long and can swing a 21 3/4” radius max. The second shot is the model ( my steel 10” compass that goes to 12” max.

I got in a lot of lathe time this week on the wood lathe and the metal lathe.
The lock bar is made of red oak and stained with dark cherry stain
They are finished with clear lacquer.

Here are some shots I took along the way.
They were turned on the lathe and bandsawed to fit together

The layout of the 3 lock bars out of the oak.

The pencil holder pieces

The pencil holder soldered together

The steel tips getting hardened

More of the pencil holder ends completed and buffed..

The layout of all the parts completed

Cheers, Jim

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





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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 02:18 AM

Nicely done.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 02:36 AM

Wow Jim these are pretty high class indeed, the rosewood looks great & fit for purpose, love the fittings you’ve used, you have a couple of lucky mates.
fabulous job
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 02:53 AM

They are really fantastic Jim,
Look real good too.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 05-17-2015 03:00 AM

Wow Jim, that’s a hard act to follow. Those are just awesome. Wood and metal lathe work on one project. You won’t beat that. Must of been a lot of fun.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-17-2015 03:53 AM

Very COOL instruments, Jim!

What did you use for the main Junction – swivel bearing that controls the Circle radius?
... did you make it? How?

Very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 05-17-2015 06:47 AM

Ya, these are a little better than the Walmart compass I use.

Great photos…................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 05-17-2015 08:30 AM

Go do these compasses to the exhibition?Very nice, Jim

-- bambi

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#8 posted 05-17-2015 09:51 AM

Aw man that is some nice looking drawing gear! Like the metal work.
Lovely!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 05-17-2015 10:22 AM

Great looking compasses Jim. Nice choice of material.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 05-17-2015 10:51 AM

Fantastic Project Jim!!!!!!!! Beautiful Wood and very attractive parts and fittings, are they Brass?

Those Compasses are superb Jim.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 05-17-2015 12:38 PM

Wow, very nice looking trio of compasses! I made a large one several years ago with bits and pieces I had laying around the shop. I would show you a picture, but it would look like a bad scene from a Frankenstein movie compared to your offerings(LOL). I am feeling a need for an upgrade in the shop is in order !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#12 posted 05-17-2015 01:10 PM

Beautiful! Very unique project.

-- "Are you kidding me?"

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#13 posted 05-17-2015 01:11 PM

These are beautiful tools, Jim.

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

wow brother them are fantasic, i need to make me a few to use around the shop, thanks for sharing the work and the idea!

-- James,Alabama,http://www.woodworkerJames.com

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#15 posted 05-17-2015 01:21 PM

Those are a super nice addition to your tool belt

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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