toolswap2014 beam compass

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Project by Sanding2day posted 183 days ago 929 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This beam compass was made for the 2014 tool swap… Utilizing the Rockler tremmel points; the compass allows for a measured radius up to 29.5” Made of Red Oak and accented with 12” Honduran Mahogany marks and Honduran Mahogany, Purpleheart, and Yellowheart surrounding the central level which was placed so it wasn’t simply a beam and the tremmel points being provided to the recipient ShaneA…

-- Dan

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#1 posted 183 days ago

Sweet combo Dan! The inlays are a nice touch. I like the off center level that can be viewed from the side as well as the top. Can you provide more details on how you secured the level? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 183 days ago

wow, the compass looks very nice, great work

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#3 posted 183 days ago

Nice! I have wanted to make a set of those.. now I know I need to. Nice Job!

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#4 posted 183 days ago

Great project!! We need more! More about the level vial. More about the ruler attachment to the beam, do you just hold the ruler to the beam with the trammel points? Where did you get your vial? Make another one and blog it!! Thanks.

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 183 days ago

Wow. Those look cool. Nice job.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#6 posted 183 days ago

Very nice tool, Dan! Looks handy for multiple tasks!

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#7 posted 183 days ago

Some beautiful tools being made for the swap. Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 183 days ago

Excellent work Dan! Nice tool for the swap.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#9 posted 183 days ago

Dang! thats nice!

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#10 posted 183 days ago

A wonderful long term keeper.Just the job to hand over to your kids/ grandkids eventually.They don’t look one bit like some of the home made cheap and nasty stuff you see to frequently on woodsites Indeed they look like they have been very proffesionally done to exacting tolerences, and finished to look very nice standards.
I have a question how did you mill the slots in the brass for the ruler? Alistair

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#11 posted 183 days ago

Pretty cool, I am glad to be the recipient of this set. Fine work.

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#12 posted 183 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed Dan! Thanks For Sharing!


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#13 posted 182 days ago

Nice work Dan.

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#14 posted 181 days ago

Apologize for the delayed response. Have had the infant home sick. Would be easy enough to set up a blog and some areas to improve on this but let me try to field the questions and let me know if I miss anything…

Candy The level was from a Swanson hanging level tool. Believe about $2, I cut the plastic housing the level and removed it… Took the block of Honduran Mahogany over to the drill press and drilled a hole down the middle ish and again down the center just past the drilled hole with forsner bit. Cleaned it up on the band saw, glued the level in place and glued block into its new home at the center of the beam compass…

Dennis level addressed above, the Swanson ruler from $4 combination square is in fact held in place with the Rockler Tremmel points, this led to some issue as the ruler began a slightly wider dimension as what I routed out of the beam… Was easier to take the ruler to the bench grinder then work the routed/sanded beam so thats what I did until it held in place well with the Tremmel points. The 12” Mahogany marks allow the 12” ruler to attain greater measurements up to including the length of the beam 39.5” so nearly 80” circles if needed want to see the project if it comes to that :P

Scotsman The Rockler Tremmel points were not made by me, would love to attain that ability but I just took advantage of the outstanding Rockler Hardware in this project.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments… Glad that you like it Shane and hope that it serves you well…

-- Dan

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