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Old 02-17-2009, 01:42 PM   #1
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How do you measure angles to cut when you are making projects? example: I need to cut a 10degree angle off both ends of a 3"x5". I am a rookie trying to learn how to make things. Thanks

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Use a protractor. Also a triangular speed square would give these angles. What is a 3 X 5? What are you making? Maybe making a full size template out of paper would be a good start. Cheaper to re-cut and replace paper than the rare 3X5

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The paper template is a great idea...if you have many angles to cut, you might want to look at an angle finder. I have one similar to the one pictured...and it works ok, it has a protractor built in so you align the edges and read the gauge.



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Mr. Mariani, I am trying to make the lift up coffee table for my daughter and her husband as a wedding gift. It is located in Quick-and-Easy Woodworking Projects magazine page 28-32. You can find it on meiselwoodhobby.com. The problem I am having is with the part TABLE CLEAT G. Thanks for your help. I was incorrect on the measurement I gave you. It is a 1x4 3" wide x 11 1/2" long.
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This site is only to buy plans, so that does not tell us much. Is this angle you are working on along the flat side of the board or an angled edge? What tools do you have? Router? Table Saw? Scroll Saw? Jig Saw?
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The angle is on two of the four corners. I have all the tools you asked about.
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that is good, so do you have a protractor or even a speed square. These will mark out the angles. You could also use the miter guide on your table saw. Or easier yet is if you have a chop saw.
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Mr. Mariani, thanks for the help the other day on how to cut angles. I was dumb enough to not think about using my miter saw! I got that problem solved, now I have another problem. How do you round off the corners of the piece of wood when instructions says " R 5/8" for all four corners? Once again, thanks for your help.
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Lightly draw a pencil line parallel with both edges of the corner. Both lines 5/8" in from the edge. Where the lines cross is the center point of your 5/8" radius. Use a kid's school compass to scribe your corner from that point.

Or you can find a bottle top or a washer that is 1-1/4" across. (2 x 5/8") Fit it to the corner so that it is evenly touching both edges at its widest curve. Then just draw a line around the corner.
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now do what was just posted on a piece of 1/4 masonite. Make a template of this curve. Now mark you project and cut outside the line at least 1/16" with your jigsaw. Now clamp the template to your pencil mark on the project piece and use your router with a pattern bit to make a perfect 5/8" radius.

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