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My Drafting Compass from Free Paint Stirring Sticks

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Project by Bricofleur posted 01-30-2014 03:47 PM 2075 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having enough of my small plastic drafting compass, I looked around to buy a large and heavy one. I soon found out price tags to take the decision to make my own.

I started the build with two free hardwood paint stirring sticks (who doesn’t have these around in the shop!). Two small MDF scraps are used as pin (screw) and pencil holders as well as few bolts, wing-nuts and washers. The pencil holder block is split so tightening the wing-nut locks the pencil down. I added compression washers (shown) to firmly tighten the arms.

Hope you’ll like it !

All details and more photos on this page of my blog.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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NaptownWood

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 04:45 PM

nice one. I have the cheaper version, which involves duct tape and a drywall screw or two.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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MrFid

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 04:52 PM

^ Not sure what the price is that it’s cheaper than free. Nicely done Serge.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Diggerjacks

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 05:30 PM

Hello Serge

A compass for really nothing

What diameter can you draw with your compass ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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ratchet

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 06:22 PM

very nice.

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Dutchy

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 08:10 PM

Again you made something nice Bricofleur.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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woody57

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 10:20 PM

nice and almost free
I have used a stick with 2 holes or piece of string
this is much nicer and easier
thanks

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Garry

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 10:25 PM

Beautiful…in my eyes anyway.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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prez

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 12:13 AM

Good one…...have already taken out the sticks that I want to use to make one…merci!

prez

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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woodify

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 03:55 AM

Bonjour Serge

Un projet qui est simple et utile. Merci du partage.

-- Woodify ~~ http://woodified.blogspot.ca/

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majuvla

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 06:04 PM

Very usefull accessorie, great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Roger

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#11 posted 02-01-2014 01:29 AM

Very good Serge. I like your ingenuity and creativeness.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 03:00 PM

Thank you all for your comments, guys.

@Diggerjack: This particular compass allows me to draw a circle up to 52-3/4” (134 cm) in diameter. No bad for the price (pride), right ?

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 07:59 PM

Awesome!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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