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Forum topic by Towtruck posted 05-16-2013 03:26 PM 875 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

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

Please identify

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

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#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.

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

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

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




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#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.

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

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

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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

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