I Restored And Repaired This Antique Ship Compass

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I restored this old ship compass. The compass was not working because there was no fluid in it and it was very dirty and patinated. Also the paint was in bad condition and some of the screws needed to be replaced.
Only issue I encountered during the disassembly was the empty bottom piece being stuck so I had to use a hammer and a screw driver to release it. I think the bottom is there to act as a weight. to keep the compass level.
I often clean up brass with ketchup. This time I wanted to try electrolysis. I had never tried it on brass but there was no risk of permanent damage. Good thing about electrolysis is that I can leave it just running and come back later and it will remove both oxidation and paint. However something unexpected happened. The wire I used was zinc plated and I didn't realize the zinc could dissolve and move on the brass. I'm unsure what caused the reaction but I think it could be electroless plating, a method of metal plating which doesn't require electricity. Luckily I forgot to clean one of the pieces so I could still demonstrate a successful cleaning process. When you are using electrolysis for cleaning it doesn't matter too much what current and voltage you use. More means faster reaction (but obviously don't use mains electricity) But if you hook the cables the wrong way around your parts will be destroyed.
Zinc plating was not an issue because the steel wires were only zinc plated. Such tiny amount of zinc spread on the whole surface area of the parts is not thick enough to last a polishing. I used my restored buffing wheel to polish the parts and then I used car polishing compound in tight spots to polish the metal and remove the layer of zinc.
The dial of the compass would have been a pain to disassemble as there were nails piercing the dial sheet and they were soldered on the body. Only issue with the dial was the paint. I tried to use acetone and paint thinner but the paint was not dissolving easily so I sanded it off. In hindsight, I probably could have used electrolysis for this as well because it will anyways sit in a liquid in the compass so it's unlikely that the dial would be somehow damaged in the process. I then painted the dial and the inside of the compass with an "antique white" color. It has a slightly greenish tint even though because of the hard contrast it might look snow white.
The screws on the top were damaged so I made new ones from some larger brass screws. The top of the screws were too wide but with a simple customization I was able to make new ones. All the other screws were cleaned and polished so they could be reused.
During the disassembly I filled the compass with alcohol solution so it won't freeze. In reality it took me quite some time to get rid of all the tiny bubbles but I've worked with filling medical IV syringes manually so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Someone might say there has to be a bubble to see the compass is level, but the glass is completely flat and on a ship it will never stay so level the bubble would be in the middle of the flat glass.
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  1. 0 0

    0 0

    Πριν ημέρα

    Video : liquid ice Me : wait isn't that just ....

  2. Kougerat


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Superb !

  3. Kristyna-Chrome


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    I'm about to repair/restore my Grandpa's Navy Compass - a smaller model, not as cool as yours... but he used it as a front door stop (ever since he stole it off the ship he lived on while serving) and it has personal value. Problems I'm having: The glass broke at some point during a move, the liquid is gone, and the printed ring of directions is ruined. I can figure out most of the issues, but what is the ratio of alcohol to water that is needed?? Did I mention how amazing your Odd Tinkering is to those of us with like interests/hobbies? We are very appreciative!!

  4. Şimal


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Half-asleep me: wait... Liquid ice? Like dry ice? *a few seconds later* me: It's just water isn't it:/

  5. Patricia Cunningham

    Patricia Cunningham

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Love it. Just love it.



    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Dear friend, you did a nice job indeed. I would like to make a small comment: you did the restoration with great care but I observed one part which you did not give much attention to the outer ring. You would polished little bit more where all minute dents would have been disappeared. Eventhough the outer ring hidden in the assembly, the job might have been given you the complete satisfaction. Good luck and happy Easter.

  7. Emily True

    Emily True

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Does anyone know what he uses for the car polishing compound? Can't find it anywhere online

  8. GT Racer347

    GT Racer347

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Sweet 👍🏻 👍🏻

  9. Steven Rankin

    Steven Rankin

    Πριν 12 ημέρες


  10. Justin T

    Justin T

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Beautiful looking compass

  11. İsmail Hakkı Alp Solak

    İsmail Hakkı Alp Solak

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I think you should've brushed the parts with steel wire before polishing.

  12. jukimies


    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Tavallista ruokasuolaa. Ei sitä sen kummempaa tarvita, lopputulos elektrolyysin suhteen hyvä 😉

  13. Justin Streeter

    Justin Streeter

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Great work but. I don't know why you didn't put cork glass cork so the glass can be protected and get a seal in one shot If it's a maritime tool. But great work still

  14. Zach Snow

    Zach Snow

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    This just makes me wanna buy a bunch of old trash

  15. Susan Taylor

    Susan Taylor

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    That came out beautiful!

  16. Juan Carlos López Rodrtiguez

    Juan Carlos López Rodrtiguez

    Πριν 24 ημέρες

    Desde luego es increíble, lo bien que trabajas, sigue restaurando cosas, por favor no pares me encanta tu trabajo. Es de lo bueno lo mejor.

  17. ttt drr

    ttt drr

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    Arr we’ll sail the seven seas seeking treasure like you’ve never seen!

  18. Shane Lodge

    Shane Lodge

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    I reckon if the ship rolled as much as he rolled that compass, knowing your direction would probably not be your immediate concern !!! Great job on the restoration !

  19. G6 Liara

    G6 Liara

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    My father used to own an old fishing boat which had this exact model of compass on board.

  20. Gerhard Stolz

    Gerhard Stolz

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    6:40 poor ducktor...

  21. Kornél Kresák

    Kornél Kresák

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Liquid ice=water👌👌👌👌

  22. Kornél Kresák

    Kornél Kresák

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    What are you going to do with this compass?

  23. Cat Gynt

    Cat Gynt

    Πριν μήνα

    Interesting restoration. Did you do anything to the gasket? I thought this style of compass was filled with mineral oil or kerosene. At least the ones i saw in the military were more oil than alcohol. Great restoration. Thanks for sharing this video.

  24. Cruiseship Chouji

    Cruiseship Chouji

    Πριν μήνα

    it's insane to think some of those parts haven't seen the light of day for probably 100+ years

  25. Darren CHAN

    Darren CHAN

    Πριν μήνα

    Its old and not old.

  26. Piet Van Meurs

    Piet Van Meurs

    Πριν μήνα

    You did not check if compass is leaking.

  27. Piet Van Meurs

    Piet Van Meurs

    Πριν μήνα

    And you do not replace the pivot and stone. And you are using the old rubber. Very bad repair of compass

  28. Phil Copeland

    Phil Copeland

    Πριν μήνα

    It's amazing what WD40 and a high torque screwdriver till do to loosen tight screws etc. So good to see how electrolysis and polishing restored the compass' brass components. That levelling system is called a gimbal. It can be used for stoves in small vessels too. Great restoration work. Congratulations.

  29. H. Shiley

    H. Shiley

    Πριν μήνα

    A year late, but.. Didn't see any responses to the "odd screw" in the top of the compass float. It's a plug to seal it. Once filled with oil, checked for leaks. and emptied before setting it on the pintle. That screw prevents oil (or water) in the housing from entering the float. I'm actually surprised the interior of the housing was painted instead of nickel plated.

  30. Joseph Demro

    Joseph Demro

    Πριν μήνα

    When I was in the USMC we used a product called " DUraglit" for cleaning our brass and bright work. Check it out you dont need a lot either.

  31. Alex Sanchez

    Alex Sanchez

    Πριν μήνα

    That Duck Looks like it took a Dump on itself

  32. CAD Thinking

    CAD Thinking

    Πριν μήνα

    Now you know why watch makers custom grind screwdriver heads to fit tight to the tiny screws. Watching that flat head driver thrash around on the new screws was not impressive. I love compasses though so loved this vid.

  33. KEvronista


    Πριν μήνα

    if i can't find liquid ice, will room-temperature ice work instead? KEvron

  34. Desireé PC

    Desireé PC

    Πριν μήνα

    Excuse me, how can I remove the rusty to the rims of a bicycle? 😔

    • Rowdy Eggplaad

      Rowdy Eggplaad

      Πριν μήνα

      Water. And leave it out in the open when it's hot to dry

  35. Mharti McDonhalds

    Mharti McDonhalds

    Πριν μήνα

    I've always wondered where Odd Tinkering is from, and judging by those news papers he's Finnish! I finally figured it out :)

  36. Jose Cordero

    Jose Cordero

    Πριν μήνα

    Imagine being the restored object

  37. B M

    B M

    Πριν μήνα

    I think the screw that you do not know the function of is for fine calibration and balancing of the spinning part of the compasses weight during initial manufacture and subsequent service... be interesting to see if you need to set it up when you rebuild it.

  38. Raha Hunter

    Raha Hunter

    Πριν μήνα


  39. DiYRest TUBE

    DiYRest TUBE

    Πριν μήνα

    hey guys come visit my restoration channel to..love and appreciate that.thanks a lot.

  40. Angel Ch

    Angel Ch

    Πριν μήνα

    what an unfortunate day to be a toothbrush....

  41. Mikael Fotopoulos

    Mikael Fotopoulos

    Πριν μήνα

    You forgot to fill the compass-house with ethanol or oil.

  42. Пётр Кувалов

    Пётр Кувалов

    Πριν 2 μήνες


  43. Razor Hardbroom

    Razor Hardbroom

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    where you get the antique ship compass? how long does the Electrolysis take?

  44. Chris McBard

    Chris McBard

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    But what was the tiny screw in the middle for?!

  45. Jakob Rothstein

    Jakob Rothstein

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    Nord, Sud, Öst, West. Deutsche.

  46. Hhhh


    Πριν 2 μήνες

    7:00 the forbidden soup

  47. Connor Wilkes-Ryan

    Connor Wilkes-Ryan

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    Apart from me is there anything WD 40 can't fix 😅

  48. Roberto D'Ambra

    Roberto D'Ambra

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    "Liquid ice" ahahahahahahahahah

  49. Dark spider

    Dark spider

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    that looks like lasagna

  50. Evo Rocks

    Evo Rocks

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    this looks more like cleaning then actual "restore".

  51. NeRethil Wolfsson

    NeRethil Wolfsson

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    "Liquid ice" Me: Ooooh, what is it? Some special cristaline compound? Or a brand of resin? But Odd Tinkering basically never calls stuff by brand... *Odd starts to clean the glass* Me: Oh. oh. Liquid. Ice. Got it. Silly me.

  52. Snowme


    Πριν 2 μήνες

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  53. Tammara Gill

    Tammara Gill

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    That certainly was a day and night of difference! Beautiful! Love the liquid ice 😆 What kind of alcohol? Vodka? It won't freeze 🤣

  54. memikell


    Πριν 2 μήνες

    I think it is of the type called a "Lifeboat Compass" and mounted in a wood box with lid. Nice job!

  55. rollon babe

    rollon babe

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    Why would you put the ducktor in that stuff 😔

  56. Slurpy Boi

    Slurpy Boi

    Πριν 2 μήνες


  57. Denix Po Prostu Kot

    Denix Po Prostu Kot

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    17:07 : before and after



    Πριν 2 μήνες

    This restoration is not good enough. Sorry.

  59. The Glasses

    The Glasses

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    I’m pretty sure there’s better product to use instead of WD-40

  60. dompet kosong

    dompet kosong

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    Log Pose

  61. Neellohit


    Πριν 2 μήνες

    well done!

  62. Tony Galiano

    Tony Galiano

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    I doubt anyone will see this, but why did the compass have an O instead of an E for East?

    • Martin Drschka

      Martin Drschka

      Πριν μήνα

      In German it's O for Osten. Norden, Osten, Süden, Westen, so the rest of the letters would be the same as in English.

  63. eric brooks

    eric brooks

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    at what point do you look at something and decide it's to far gone?

  64. Titus Pullo

    Titus Pullo

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    You should send the compass to My Mechanics and see if he can improve on what you have done. My guess would be, yes, he can.

  65. Jaiden


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    OT: *Uses WD-40* This Compass: ITS TIME TO REVEAL MY TRUE FORM! RUST!

  66. Jacky Loso

    Jacky Loso

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    The small screw in the middle is for attaching a brass ingraved dome with f.e. The name of your ship. Its optional.

  67. Jenni Parkkonen

    Jenni Parkkonen

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Tässä videossa vasta tajusin et oot suomalainen :D Aika monta näitä jo oon katellu jonkin aikaa :D

  68. eduboteon


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Bravo! Bravo!

  69. Chase Mershon

    Chase Mershon

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    oh my god. Your content is stunning. It's a gorgeous piece of history you gave a better life. Do you sell these restores? Sorry if I've missed something.

  70. Katri Rauhamäki

    Katri Rauhamäki

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    It took me way too long to realize you're a fellow countryman. I glanced at the newspaper text and I was like "wait WHAT?"

  71. AGuyCalledRune


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    That "greenish tint" of the dial could be radium that used to glow in the dark. However it is still radio active. Might wanna check the geiger counter before you start sanding...

  72. paul johansson

    paul johansson

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Melted ice

  73. Nein zu Korruption

    Nein zu Korruption

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    from the restauration of useful goods (no games, no tools in this cases) is this my favourite. the beautiful golden colour. amazing. I would buy this just for having it in my living room. like a beautiful artefact. so good work. so wonderful. thank you very much for letting us experience this.

  74. Sigit Waskito

    Sigit Waskito

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Me: mom, i need compass Mom: son, your phone has gyro. You just download in google. Me: 😅

  75. Geoffery Stjulien

    Geoffery Stjulien

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    The flagrant transport interestedly stain because request macropharmacologically shop as a average hat. quaint, imported anger

  76. David Tornhill

    David Tornhill

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Grymt jobbat. En fröjd och titta på dina videos. 👍

  77. August Hall

    August Hall

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    The daffy collision socioeconomically suspend because limit apparently discover astride a caring fruit. normal, screeching watch

  78. Andreas Ioannou

    Andreas Ioannou

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Damn man, is there anything you can't restore? I don't think so. Seriously

  79. JJ K

    JJ K

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    I tried restoring my watch after watching this. Ended up breaking it and after getting it back from the repair store they said it just needed movement to wind up again.

  80. yaniko lamitr

    yaniko lamitr

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    The sordid south america coincidingly label because cake spectacularly exercise before a minor violin. quack, ugly sprout

  81. Trillfleek69


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Where do you get this stuff???

  82. Tim


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Mineral oil is a superior product in this situation. It's more viscous thereby allowing the rose to slew slower. And if you're in a spot were the compass in danger of freezing, chances are you'll be frozen in too.

  83. mikkimacdoogle


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    I saw that bin of "liquid ice", and my dumb ass searched for it on the internet... Oy I'm an idiot sometimes. 🙄

  84. Hopelessand Forlorn

    Hopelessand Forlorn

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Nice decoration maybe, but it is not functional until the magnets have been removed from the card and re-magnetized.

  85. fizmat2009


    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Great job, but I haven't seen so many advertisment before.

  86. P S

    P S

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Restorations with jokes. The new TLC show this Winter. Beautiful results.

  87. Yasshowardhan Pethe

    Yasshowardhan Pethe

    Πριν 3 μήνες


  88. eVOL UC

    eVOL UC

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    at first sight it was missing the water

  89. Stope 81

    Stope 81

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    suomesta? :)

  90. Stole Me

    Stole Me

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Add Arabic translation, kindly

  91. Rosealie Lycan

    Rosealie Lycan

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    8:20 forbidden tomato sauce

  92. Jeff Cerniglia

    Jeff Cerniglia

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    What kind of paint did you use??

  93. Nelson Scardigli

    Nelson Scardigli

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Restaura el alicate

  94. aped3


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Who was Sperry Rand ???

  95. Erin Lim

    Erin Lim

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Video: "I filled the compass with alcohol solution which will keep it from freezing" Brain: "Hmm. Vodka."

  96. abeille' abeille2

    abeille' abeille2

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Good 👌🤔

  97. Metanoia


    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Good work. Now if only magnetic north would stop sliding...

  98. Justine Rabajante

    Justine Rabajante

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    I want him to do the titanic i wanna see that big gaping hole (caused by the iceberg) being repared

  99. Yassine Elhilali

    Yassine Elhilali

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Next episode : trying to restore titanic

  100. Phil Matic

    Phil Matic

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    wait, that little center dome isn't supposed to be brass?