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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  • Silvio Oliviero
    Silvio OlivieroVor 10 Stunden

    "liquid water" broke the balls..

  • Theodore Olson
    Theodore OlsonVor 4 Tage

    I know this was done a year ago, but having watched many of these type videos I keep wondering how do you dispose of "used" electrolyte fluids?

  • 0 0
    0 0Vor 10 Tage

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

  • Kougerat
    KougeratVor 11 Tage

    Superb !

  • Kristyna-Chrome
    Kristyna-ChromeVor 13 Tage

    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!!

  • Şimal
    ŞimalVor 17 Tage

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

  • Patricia Cunningham
    Patricia CunninghamVor 17 Tage

    Love it. Just love it.

    ATLN MURTHYVor 18 Tage

    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.

  • Emily True
    Emily TrueVor 18 Tage

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

  • GT Racer347
    GT Racer347Vor 19 Tage

    Sweet 👍🏻 👍🏻

  • Steven Rankin
    Steven RankinVor 20 Tage


  • Justin T
    Justin TVor 21 Tag

    Beautiful looking compass

  • İsmail Hakkı Alp Solak
    İsmail Hakkı Alp SolakVor 22 Tage

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

  • jukimies
    jukimiesVor 25 Tage

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

  • Justin Streeter
    Justin StreeterVor 26 Tage

    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

  • Zach Snow
    Zach SnowVor 28 Tage

    This just makes me wanna buy a bunch of old trash

  • Susan Taylor
    Susan TaylorVor Monat

    That came out beautiful!

  • Juan Carlos López Rodrtiguez
    Juan Carlos López RodrtiguezVor Monat

    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.

  • ttt drr
    ttt drrVor Monat

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

  • Shane Lodge
    Shane LodgeVor Monat

    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 !

  • G6 Liara
    G6 LiaraVor Monat

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

  • Gerhard Stolz
    Gerhard StolzVor Monat

    6:40 poor ducktor...

  • Kornél Kresák
    Kornél KresákVor Monat

    Liquid ice=water👌👌👌👌

  • Kornél Kresák
    Kornél KresákVor Monat

    What are you going to do with this compass?

  • Cat Gynt
    Cat GyntVor Monat

    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.

  • Cruiseship Chouji
    Cruiseship ChoujiVor Monat

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

  • Darren CHAN
    Darren CHANVor Monat

    Its old and not old.

  • Piet Van Meurs
    Piet Van MeursVor Monat

    You did not check if compass is leaking.

  • Piet Van Meurs
    Piet Van MeursVor Monat

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

  • Phil Copeland
    Phil CopelandVor Monat

    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.

  • H. Shiley
    H. ShileyVor Monat

    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.

  • Joseph Demro
    Joseph DemroVor Monat

    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.

  • Alex Sanchez
    Alex SanchezVor Monat

    That Duck Looks like it took a Dump on itself

  • CAD Thinking
    CAD ThinkingVor Monat

    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.

  • KEvronista
    KEvronistaVor Monat

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

  • Desireé PC
    Desireé PCVor Monat

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

  • Rowdy Eggplaad

    Rowdy Eggplaad

    Vor Monat

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

  • Mharti McDonhalds
    Mharti McDonhaldsVor Monat

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

  • Jose Cordero
    Jose CorderoVor Monat

    Imagine being the restored object

  • B M
    B MVor Monat

    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.

  • Raha Hunter
    Raha HunterVor 2 Monate


  • DiYRest TUBE
    DiYRest TUBEVor 2 Monate

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

  • Angel Ch
    Angel ChVor 2 Monate

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

  • Mikael Fotopoulos
    Mikael FotopoulosVor 2 Monate

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

  • Пётр Кувалов
    Пётр КуваловVor 2 Monate


  • Razor Hardbroom
    Razor HardbroomVor 2 Monate

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

  • Chris McBard
    Chris McBardVor 2 Monate

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

  • Jakob Rothstein
    Jakob RothsteinVor 2 Monate

    Nord, Sud, Öst, West. Deutsche.

  • Hhhh
    HhhhVor 2 Monate

    7:00 the forbidden soup

  • Connor Wilkes-Ryan
    Connor Wilkes-RyanVor 2 Monate

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

  • Roberto D'Ambra
    Roberto D'AmbraVor 2 Monate

    "Liquid ice" ahahahahahahahahah

  • Dark spider
    Dark spiderVor 2 Monate

    that looks like lasagna

  • Juan Arias
    Juan AriasVor 2 Monate

    this looks more like cleaning then actual "restore".

  • NeRethil Wolfsson
    NeRethil WolfssonVor 3 Monate

    "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.

  • Snowme
    SnowmeVor 3 Monate

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  • Tammara Gill
    Tammara GillVor 3 Monate

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

  • memikell
    memikellVor 3 Monate

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

  • rollon babe
    rollon babeVor 3 Monate

    Why would you put the ducktor in that stuff 😔

  • Slurpy Boi
    Slurpy BoiVor 3 Monate


  • Denix Po Prostu Kot
    Denix Po Prostu KotVor 3 Monate

    17:07 : before and after

    ZGRAKIJUVor 3 Monate

    This restoration is not good enough. Sorry.

  • The Glasses
    The GlassesVor 3 Monate

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

  • dompet kosong
    dompet kosongVor 3 Monate

    Log Pose

  • Neellohit
    NeellohitVor 3 Monate

    well done!

  • Tony Galiano
    Tony GalianoVor 3 Monate

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

  • Martin Drschka

    Martin Drschka

    Vor Monat

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

  • eric brooks
    eric brooksVor 3 Monate

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

  • Titus Pullo
    Titus PulloVor 3 Monate

    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.

  • Jaiden
    JaidenVor 3 Monate

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

  • Jacky Loso
    Jacky LosoVor 3 Monate

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

  • Jenni Parkkonen
    Jenni ParkkonenVor 3 Monate

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

  • eduboteon
    eduboteonVor 3 Monate

    Bravo! Bravo!

  • Chase Mershon
    Chase MershonVor 3 Monate

    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.

  • Katri Rauhamäki
    Katri RauhamäkiVor 3 Monate

    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?"

  • AGuyCalledRune
    AGuyCalledRuneVor 3 Monate

    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...

  • paul johansson
    paul johanssonVor 3 Monate

    Melted ice

  • Nein zu Korruption
    Nein zu KorruptionVor 3 Monate

    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.

  • Sigit Waskito
    Sigit WaskitoVor 3 Monate

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

  • Geoffery Stjulien
    Geoffery StjulienVor 3 Monate

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

  • David Tornhill
    David TornhillVor 3 Monate

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

  • August Hall
    August HallVor 3 Monate

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

  • Andreas Ioannou
    Andreas IoannouVor 3 Monate

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

  • JJ K
    JJ KVor 3 Monate

    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.

  • yaniko lamitr
    yaniko lamitrVor 3 Monate

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  • Trillfleek69
    Trillfleek69Vor 4 Monate

    Where do you get this stuff???

  • Tim
    TimVor 4 Monate

    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.

  • mikkimacdoogle
    mikkimacdoogleVor 4 Monate

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

  • Hopelessand Forlorn
    Hopelessand ForlornVor 4 Monate

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

  • fizmat2009
    fizmat2009Vor 4 Monate

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

  • P S
    P SVor 4 Monate

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

  • Yasshowardhan Pethe
    Yasshowardhan PetheVor 4 Monate


  • eVOL UC
    eVOL UCVor 4 Monate

    at first sight it was missing the water

  • Stope 81
    Stope 81Vor 4 Monate

    suomesta? :)

  • Stole Me
    Stole MeVor 4 Monate

    Add Arabic translation, kindly

  • Rosealie Lycan
    Rosealie LycanVor 4 Monate

    8:20 forbidden tomato sauce

  • Jeff Cerniglia
    Jeff CernigliaVor 4 Monate

    What kind of paint did you use??

  • Nelson Scardigli
    Nelson ScardigliVor 4 Monate

    Restaura el alicate

  • aped3
    aped3Vor 4 Monate

    Who was Sperry Rand ???

  • Erin Lim
    Erin LimVor 4 Monate

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

  • abeille' abeille2
    abeille' abeille2Vor 4 Monate

    Good 👌🤔

  • Metanoia
    MetanoiaVor 4 Monate

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

  • Justine Rabajante
    Justine RabajanteVor 4 Monate

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