Compass Box for Sailor Son

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Project by maplerock posted 418 days ago 906 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am as green as grass, but have been told I should start posting some of my projects. My enthusiasm is far greater than my talent, but I’m learning every day. I’m a retired schoolteacher with a lot of time, so here goes;

My middle son is in the Navy. I wanted something special for his birthday, so I found and bought an old ship’s compass. It was tarnished, but after some cleaning it was very nice.

I wanted him to be able to display it properly, so I designed a box with inserts so that it could swing freely and do it’s compassy thing. Being a novice, I probably did a bunch of things wrong, and I’m sure most of you would have done better, but the finished box was great for it’s intended purpose, and he liked it. Mitered corners, no splines (as I’d add now if I was doing it), and cheap hinges. I just hope I don’t see it in a yardsale some day!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 418 days ago

Very nice. Great job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 418 days ago

Nicely done
the box matches the compass nicely

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 418 days ago

Great job. Son should be proud

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 418 days ago

Beautiful box and looks great…I am sure your son is very happy with it.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 418 days ago

Very nicely done. I’m sure you son will always treasure your work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 418 days ago

Jerry, welcome to Lumberland. This box is a great start. I like the idea and the sentiment. The compass looks great in this setting. Does the metal clasp affect the magnetic compass readings? I am looking forward to seeing more of your work, and hope you are having fun. This is a great posting. You certainly have the writing and photo part down pat. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 418 days ago

Great work… Very functional.

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

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#8 posted 418 days ago

This is a really nice box. It really looks good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#9 posted 418 days ago

Well done Sir!

Don’t worry about your technique or even the result (which by the way are great) as there is no amount of expert craftsmanship or any exotic wood that can ever surpass the Love, Thought and Pride built into the gifts from our shops.

Now grab a plane and get back out in the shop.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#10 posted 418 days ago

Thank you all for your comments and your kind words of encouragement.

Big Al… that is a great question. It may affect it some, but the compass did indeed point north after completion. Not sure if it was true north or Santa’s workshop though.

Dano… Thank you! I’m on my way back out there!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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