Beam Compass

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 11-25-2015 12:57 PM 2278 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built myself two beam compass’s. One is a John Heize design and the other is another youtuber (can’t remember who). The pictures above are of one that is made from a single piece of ash. I like this one best for simplicity to build but John’s design feels more balanced when using it.

The below pics are John’s design. It is maple peices glued together.

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 01:52 PM

Very nice looking compass

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 02:20 PM

I have seen a number of different designs and maybe have even favorited one but never built one, and then when I need one I have to grab a pencil and a string. Guess was just waiting for yours to come along. Nice thoughtful design.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 03:42 PM

Nice compass. I like the versatility of it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 04:48 PM

I built John’s and like it but find it likes to move when you tighten down the point. You should check out Heisz’ new forum if you haven’t already.


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#5 posted 11-25-2015 08:03 PM

Thanks everyone.

Rick M. – I built John’s design first and had the same problem. That is why I built the other one and it doesn’t have that problem. I have checked his forum and found it informative.

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#6 posted 11-26-2015 04:07 AM

Which way is North?

Nice work, elegant design and craftsmanship!

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

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 05:25 PM


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

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#8 posted 12-09-2015 01:46 PM

I like it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 12-09-2015 07:22 PM

Very nice looking, clean design

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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