Ebony antique compass display stand

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Project by HandsOgold posted 2637 days ago 1177 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my neighbor requested that I design some type of stand where he could display an old ships compass that he had inherited from his dad, I remembered some American Ebony wedges sent to me as box filler when i purchased some precut boards. Using simple hand tools, I drilled and then sawed out the mounting hole, sanded wider to fit and then finished with gel urethane.
My buddy was quite pleased and plans to hand down to his child. Nice to be associated with an heirloom.

-- Dan

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#1 posted 2637 days ago

Great item. This will age wonderfully.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2637 days ago

Looks like the wood and compass were meant to be together. Great design!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 2637 days ago

This will be handed down generations! Great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 2637 days ago

Good idea, well made and a good jesture, it’ll be a fine heirloom. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 2637 days ago

Great mount for the compass. It really makes an impressive combination.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2637 days ago

What I like is that the compass seems like a boat afloat in a sea of ebony.

-- John

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#7 posted 2637 days ago

I agree! Very nicely done!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 2637 days ago

Thank you all for your kind comments and hearty welcome to your clan. If anyone is interested, my source for the ebony is having a summer “firesale” this June 2007 on cut logs. You can email him at “”
for more information. Last I heard he was selling a 2-3foot log for about $25 including shipping, (but dont quote me)

-- Dan

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#9 posted 2636 days ago

it’s beautiful. Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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