Identify if you can

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by Towtruck posted 05-16-2013 03:26 PM 1150 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Towtruck's profile


70 posts in 2609 days

05-16-2013 03:26 PM

CAn anyone tell me what a compass was used for is it worth anything?

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

10 replies so far

View Towtruck's profile


70 posts in 2609 days

#1 posted 05-16-2013 03:27 PM

Please identify

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

View JustJoe's profile


1554 posts in 2038 days

#2 posted 05-16-2013 03:35 PM

That’s a beam trammell, not a compass. It’s a machinist tool used for layout. Yours looks to have been modified a bit as the points don’t look normal. They’re also normally longer than that so you might have a shortened one, or a home-made one.

-- This Ad Space For Sale! Your Ad Here! Reach a targeted audience! Affordable Rates, easy financing! Contact an ad represenative today at JustJoe's Advertising Consortium.

View a1Jim's profile


117091 posts in 3577 days

#3 posted 05-16-2013 03:42 PM

Ditto what Justjoe said. try some of this to get rid of the rust.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View TobyC's profile


580 posts in 1875 days

#4 posted 05-16-2013 05:11 PM




View Tim's profile


3807 posts in 1961 days

#5 posted 05-16-2013 06:20 PM

Thanks Toby. Sucks though I just got home from lowes. They carry PB Blaster which some LJers recommended.

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3585 days

#6 posted 05-16-2013 06:45 PM

Yes a trammel, looks pretty nice if needing a bit of tlc have fun. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View teejk's profile


1215 posts in 2684 days

#7 posted 05-16-2013 08:12 PM

I recently bought a manufactured trammel after using crude home-made versions for years (I made a palm tree for the local library and wanted a perfect circle). Once done with that project, I hung it on a nail thinking it would draw dust. That thing has since spent more time off the nail than on it! Even on rectangular projects it is a big time saver on screw/nail location. Find the center and mark away. Sure beats measuring each location I think.

View Moron's profile


5032 posts in 3893 days

#8 posted 05-17-2013 02:52 AM

the one thing i love about my job is knowing that its anything you need it for

nice score

i personally find value in eclectic tastes

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

View lwllms's profile


555 posts in 3281 days

#9 posted 05-17-2013 03:04 AM

The cone-shaped point is likely used to work from the center of holes that may vary in diameter.

View Moron's profile


5032 posts in 3893 days

#10 posted 05-17-2013 03:10 AM

I see nothing more then a scribe despite the fact it might never have been made to be one

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics