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Pocket Compass - OneTIME Tool

This OneTIME tool is no longer available for purchase as the ordering deadline has passed.

A traditional divider-style compass leaves a lot to be desired in a woodworking shop. The slightest nudge can change the setting. The pivot point comes to the stock at an angle, so it likes to skate out of position. And, they’re just plain awkward to carry around (not to mention potentially painful!)

Woodpeckers product developers looked at this problem and decided to build a compact compass that you could safely carry in your pocket and depend on to lay out accurate curves. Their original Pocket Compass is easier to use than a traditional compass, will draw a circle from 1" to 7", and takes up as much room in your pocket as a butane lighter. On top of all that, it’s just cool to play with. It was wildly popular in its first appearance as a OneTIME Tool®, but a lot of customers asked for the same concept with more capacity, so now Woodpeckers have two models, the original and the Pocket Compass XL (from 2" to 21").

Woodpeckers Pocket Compass works similarly to a traditional beam compass, except, the beam of the Pocket Compass rests on the surface of your work. That means you’re not trying to balance the whole tool on two sharp points. Simply adjust the two-piece body to your desired measurement, remove the stainless-steel pivot pin from its storage port, spot it into your axis point, drop a pencil through the correct hole and draw your arc.

Since the tool is lying flat on your work, repositioning your hands and getting back on line to complete the arc couldn’t be easier or more accurate. Gravity is working with you instead of against you.

Woodpeckers carefully machine the Pocket Compass on their state-of-the-art CNC mills, then anodize the surface in their familiar “Woodpecker Red” color. The anodizing isn’t just for looks. It protects the surface from corrosion and wear. Finally, they laser engrave both inch and metric graduations to an accuracy of ±.004" total accumulated error over the length of the scales.

The Pocket Compass and Pocket Compass XL are available separately. But, if you want them both, order the set. You’ll save a few bucks and get one of their American-made, heavy-duty 0.9mm mechanical pencils and a custom fit storage case.

Like all Woodpeckers OneTIME Tools®, Woodpeckers Pocket Compass and Pocket Compass XL are only made to order, precisely machined and carefully inspected in their Strongsville, Ohio factory (just south of Cleveland). The deadline to order yours is Monday, March 30, 2020. Once orders are filled, they will be retired from their product line. Delivery is scheduled for July 2020.