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Pencil adaptor for spring dividers convert them into a compass for drawing circles.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #68 Oct 1998 pg. 36

Tip on making a scrap wood trammel for drawing an arc of almost any radius.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #91 Dec 2001 pg. 18

Tip: How to draw a large circle on a sheet of plywood without a beam compass.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1980 (v.58#2) pg. 60

The perfect curve. How to use trammel points and violin bows to create curves.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1993 (v.16#12) pg. 12

Tip shows how to make a giant compass from wood.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #193 Oct 1978 (v.28#8) pg. 47

Tip on using a mechanical pencil with a compass.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #296 Mar 1989 (v.39#3) pg. 87

How to make an adjustable circle marker from a curtain rod.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #331 Sep 1992 (v.42#8) pg. 81

Simple jumbo compass made from a stick and screw.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #355 Feb 1995 (v.45#2) pg. 14

Convert electrical beam clamps into an adjustable beam compass or trammel.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #363 Nov 1995 (v.45#10) pg. 22

How to use a yardstick to draw big circles.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 74

Tip shows how to use hacksaw blade as a compass.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #382 Oct 1997 (v.47#9) pg. 36

Homemade scribe and compass is very sturdy because it is made from a butt hinge.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #11 Oct-Nov 1982 pg. 12

Tip: Use a "Sawzall" blade as a temporary compass to draw a circle.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #32 Apr-May 1986 pg. 16

Trammel made from two straight boards is used to draw wide, shallow arches.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #35 Oct-Nov 1986 pg. 14

Tip: Use a framing square to draw an accurate circle with a diameter less than 14".
FINE HOMEBUILDING #54 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 24

Tip on improvising a scribing compass from two spade bits.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #79 Feb-Mar 1993 pg. 30

Beam compass made from Baltic birch plywood uses homemade trammel points.
FINE WOODWORKING #15 Mar-Apr 1979 pg. 16

Paintbrush compass for painting accurate circles and arcs.
FINE WOODWORKING #51 Mar-Apr 1985 pg. 16

Convert your marking gauge for use as a compass for scribing large circles.
FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 10

Marking out. (1) Using the marking gauge. (2) Shop made marking gauges. (3) Large-scale layout uses shop made trammel head and oversized try square.
FINE WOODWORKING #70 May-Jun 1988 pg. 74

Trammel heads for occasional use will fit on any available scrap of 1x2.
FINE WOODWORKING #76 May-Jun 1989 pg. 12

Shop made trammels for a measuring tape facilitate marking large-diameter arcs and circles.
FINE WOODWORKING #88 May-Jun 1991 pg. 20

A basic layout kit. Well-made furniture and cabinets start with accurate layout tools. A look at the square, bevel gauge, ruler, marking gauge, divider, and trammel.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 84

The most useful methods for marking measured dimensions. Covers the use of the sliding T-bevel, the combination square, the try square, marking gauges, plumb bobs and trammel points.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 96

How to make a large, adjustable compass from three wooden yardsticks. Draw circles up to 11-ft. in diameter. Est. cost: $1.
KITE LINES Summer-Fall 1981 (v.4#1) pg. 36

Tip: How to use a wood or plastic ruler to draw circles larger than those you can made with a compass.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #668 Jan 1984 (v.80) pg. 16

Reproduce these antique tools in your shop. (1) Hand sander. (2) Bevel square. (3) Large compass. (4) Wooden clamp.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #675 Jul 1984 (v.80) pg. 62

Trammel features interchangeable center pivots, scribers and rods.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1974 (v.141#1) pg. 150

Scribe a large circle with a compass you make from two strips of wood. Can also be used to make scalloped patterns and wavy lines.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1979 (v.152#1) pg. 85

Homemade, adjustable trammel point for use with a high-speed hand grinder, such as the Dremel hand grinder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1981 (v.155#1) pg. 120

Build this trammel for scribing ovals measuring up to 52" long or circles up to 52" diameter.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1982 (v.158#6) pg. 94

Using C-clamps and a long stick to make a temporary extra-large compass.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1990 (v.167#12) pg. 52

Compass/divider has pencil point in one leg and steel pinpoint in the other. Pencil point can be replaced with a second steel point. Mahogany legs have brass trimpieces as reinforcement on each end.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1996 (v.173#11) pg. 88

Ellipse trammel track.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1963 (v.182#1) pg. 131

Giant compass holds pencil, pen, knife, scribe, chalk, paintbrush, and glass cutter.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1965 (v.187#5) pg. 157

Using compass and straightedge to layout circles and curves for woodworking. Adding a trammel to your router to make decorative circle cuts.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1971 (v.198#5) pg. 104

Simple beam compass made from a stick, nail, and pencil.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #55 Jul 1990 (v.10#1) pg. 80

Adjustable compass for drawing any curve with a radius between 3" and 21". Built mostly of wood.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #60 May 1991 (v.10#6) pg. 65, Insert
Added Info POPULAR WOODWORKING #62 Sep 1991 (v.11#2) pg. 7

Tip shows how to make a compass to scribe a large circle.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #96 May 1997 (v.17#2) pg. 23

Oval layout jig. This cross-shaped jig has perpendicular dovetailed channels routed into the top. Trammel with two pivot points slide in the channels.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #98 Sep 1997 (v.17#4) pg. 36

Make a ballpoint compass for scribing accurate circles around holes.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jan 1965 (v.36#1) pg. 32

Combination layout tool serves a both a marking gauge and a beam compass. Uses a pencil instead of a steel pin to score the layout lines.
SHOPNOTES #17 Sep 1994 (v.3) pg. 12

Convert a yardstick into a compass for drawing large circles.
WOOD MAGAZINE #33 Feb 1990 (v.7#1) pg. 24

Adjustable shop-built trammel for scribing arcs or circles of any size.
WOOD MAGAZINE #69 Apr 1994 (v.11#3) pg. 28

Collector's Edition marking gauge/trammel made from walnut and brass.
WOOD MAGAZINE #98 Aug 1997 (v.14#5) pg. 74
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #103 Feb 1998 (v.15#1) pg. 6

Collector's edition shop compass. The legs are decorative wood scraps and the fittings are polished brass.
WOOD MAGAZINE #133 May-Jun 2001 (v.18#4) pg. 65, Insert

Making a boatbuilder's pencil dividers (or compass). One leg is metal and it folds into the other wooden leg (similar to the way a pocket knife folds).
WOODENBOAT #145 Nov-Dec 1998 pg. 85

Make a wooden compass for drawing large circles (up to 30" in diameter).
WOODSMITH #7 Jan 1980 pg. 3

An adjustable beam compass is built from wood and incorporates a sliding dovetail joint.
WOODSMITH #26 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 3

Adjustable beam compass features two trammel heads sliding on a common bar. Built from hardwood scraps and brass fittings.
WOODSMITH #69 Jun 1990 pg. 22

Tip on accurate setting of trammel points.
WOODWORK #23 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 20

Adjustable trammel is fashioned from a steel rod and miscellaneous hardware. Other ideas for making curved lines are also shared.
WOODWORK #26 Apr 1994 pg. 51

Gauging exactly. How to fabricate several different styles of wooden gauges. Includes marking-gauge, pencil-gauge, cutting-gauge, grasshopper gauge, panel-gauge, beam compasses, depth gauge and more.
WOODWORKER #1095 Feb 1985 (v.89) pg. 131
Added Info WOODWORKER #1098 May 1985 (v.89) pg. 399

Beam compass is made from a length of plastic curtain rail and two curtain rail holders.
WOODWORKER Aug 1989 (v.93#8) pg. 741

Making an adjustable wooden compass and trammel for marking circles.
WOODWORKER Aug 1992 (v.96#8) pg. 52

Inexpensive adjustable trammel made mostly from wood.
WOODWORKER Jul 1993 (v.97#7) pg. 30

Giant wooden drawing compass for making large circles and arcs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1978 (v.2#4) pg. 16

How to make a beam compass from aluminum stock.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1982 (v.6#4) pg. 38

Shop trammel will scribe circles anywhere from 4" to 39" in diameter.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1984 (v.8#5) pg. 40

Shop-built wood and brass trammel with 12", 18" and 36" bars.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 60

Giant compass for drawing circles up to 30" in diameter.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1968 (v.24#2) pg. 27

How to improvise trammel points for drawing or scribing large circles by clamping two nails between strips of wood.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1978 (v.34#6) pg. 9

Tip: Handy circle marker made from sheet metal. Use it to scribe circles of various diameters up to 7".
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1983 (v.39#2) pg. 13

Laying out an arc using easy-to-build tools. (1) Tape measure circles. (2) Hardboard strip trammel. (3) Two nails with strip. (4) Yardstick with turnbuckle.
WORKBENCH Aug 1997 (v.53#4) pg. 36

Simple shop-built trammel for drawing arcs.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1998 (v.54#3) pg. 14