Beam Compass for the 2013-14 swap.

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Project by Don W posted 02-20-2014 12:53 AM 1896 views 20 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the beam compass made for the 2013-2014 Lumberjock swap. The compass is made to be used with either the marking pins or a pencil. User’s choice. The marking pin can be removed or left in place and the pencil extended past it when using the pencil for marking.

I actually made 2 so I’d have one for myself. I’ve wanted one forever. Every time I’d need a circle I’d stick a nail in a piece of scrap with a hole for a pencil and bitch at myself for not taking the time to make a set. This swap forced me into it and its about time!

For the one that got sent to Terry, The trammels are made from cherry, with the spot holding the points of bloodwood. The beam is quarter sawn white oak, from this tree, The one I kept is made from oak and maple scraps.

The finish is shellac.

The points are made from a 12” hardened roofing screws. The ¼” x 20 set screws are holding them and are threaded directly into the cherry. These are meant to hold the pins from falling out when the tool is picked up, so they do not need to be very tight. Downward force is exerted to the cross bolt, so the set screw doesn’t do that work.

The cross bolts are stainless.

To extend the circle longer than the existing circumference possibilities, any 1” x ¾” piece of stock may be used, making the size theoretically limitless.

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 01:08 AM

very nice work, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 01:14 AM

Awesome it is!

I’ve spent at least an hour today just sitting here staring at the workmanship. I’ve wanted one for a while, too, Don and cannot thank you enough for such a sweet tool. The tool chest in progress will get a special till for this guy!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 01:14 AM

They came out wonderfully. It is cool that they prodded you into making a set for yourself.
Thanks Don.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 01:26 AM

Beautiful job Don. I’ve used the nail in a stick method far too long too. Need to make a set of these beauties.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 01:26 AM

Good work Don. Plus you have quite a colorful pencil collection too.

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 01:55 AM

those are really sharp, beautiful in fact, i love seeing tools made from woodworkers, i need to be better at making my own tools that i need, great job here, you sure have set a great example …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-20-2014 02:25 AM

beautiful tool Don!

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

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#8 posted 02-20-2014 03:06 AM

Pretty sweet man.

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

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#9 posted 02-20-2014 03:09 AM

Very nice. I like the combinations of wood.

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2014 03:57 AM

Really great work Yoda, cool design too.

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

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#11 posted 02-20-2014 04:41 AM

Another victim here of the stick and nail disease … oh someday.

Really nice workmanship Don, as always.

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#12 posted 02-20-2014 04:57 AM

Very nice!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#13 posted 02-20-2014 05:25 AM

Beautiful work Don, and Terry scores a fine trammel set as well.

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#14 posted 02-20-2014 06:16 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Don! Thanks For Sharing!


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#15 posted 02-20-2014 09:45 AM

Sweetness! Always a blast seeing what DonW makes.


-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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