Introduction: Chinese Compass Made With Hand
I have always been fascinated with Chinese compasses or load stones that they were called famously. I have always wanted to have one for myself. So I made this one for my personal satisfaction.
Whittling knife or cutter
2 part epoxy putty
Step 1: Marking
Mark the scrap wood in a tear drop shape.
Step 2: Whittling
Whittle to your satisfaction to cut out the tear drop shape marked.
Step 3: Finishing
Finish the teardrop by sanding the edges and make it smooth.
Step 4: Set the Magnet
Cut out by judgement a recess in the wood which can hold the magnet. I made it a little larger, so I used glue to keep it in place. Make sure the magnet aligns with the point of the teardrop is such a way that it points north.
Step 5: Closing
After the glue has dried thoroughly, mix 2 part epoxy putty and cover up the magnet so that the compass makes a cradle shape and moves freely. You may have to sand the putty after it dries to bring it in shape.
Step 6: Done
Mark the top of the wood and you are done. Your compass is done. Color it if you are a kid. Make a base that looks like a fengshui plate for the compass. I am happy with this much as I can keep it in pocket.
Participated in the
Hand Tools Only Challenge