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Posted on Looking for Examples of Math in Wodworking

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 02:38 AM

My background is in mechanical engineering of which some of can be carried over to wood working, specifically in calculating loads on members of a structure. Simpler structures like a wall in a house might be a better example than a curvy contemporary piece of furniture where the math can get quite a bit more complicated quickly.

What grade level will she be teaching?

The best example I can remember from early in high school was making scale truss bridges in teams using 1/8” square pine and dyed green wood glue. The objective was to use as little resources and have the maximum weight capacity when tested to failure. It wasn’t so much about the math as the concept of keeping everything triangulated.

Later in high school in mechanical drafting and learning to draw an ellipse knowing only two dimension could be another application relevant if you were to make a elliptical table.

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