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Topic tags/keywords: question design measurement angle

I know someone must have made wooden barn stars. I’ve never seen one, but want to put one on the front gable of my garage, and I don’t really want to pay what places are asking for a 5-6 foot metal star… besides, anything I made myself is cooler, of course.

Anyway, figuring out 72 degrees between points is easy, and I tried to draw it up in sketchup and measure the necessary angles to get all the points to connect at the right angle, but when I cut a couple of test pieces, they didn’t mate up like they were supposed to, so I must have something wrong.

As I’m sitting at work rather than in my shop, but still thinking about it, I thought I’d ask here if anyone’s done this and already figured out the angles I’m looking for, or if I’m just going to have to start making ballparked test cuts until I get it right. Anyone? Thanks!

-- ...scott


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#1 posted 1450 days ago

I’d draw it out full size on paper and then, when it looked good enough, I would measure the angles from the drawing and transfer that to my wood. Drawing it out in Sketchup should work also.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 1450 days ago

I did draw it out in sketchup, it being a 3D object, and it looked great in the software, but for some reason when I cut some test pieces they didn’t lay flat… so I may have done something wrong in the model. I ended up picking up a small metal star for a few bucks and I’m going to measure all the angles to make another go at it, but thus far life has gotten in the way. :)

-- ...scott

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#3 posted 1450 days ago

If it is not laying flat could it be that your saw is not cutting true?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 1450 days ago

If it were up 1/8” I’d consider that… but with one of the two points I cut lying flat, the other was sticking up at probably a 30 degree angle. :)

-- ...scott

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#5 posted 1450 days ago

Yeah, that is a bit much. Hope you can figure it out when you get some time to work on it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 1450 days ago

When I do, you can bet I’ll post here what I figure out. A thing that’s not on the internet… we can’t very well have that, now, can we? :)

-- ...scott

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#7 posted 1450 days ago

Go for it Scott
I have never heart of this before
but we can´t have its ain´t represented anywhere
looking forward to see your blog about the building of the star

best thoughts

Dennis

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#8 posted 1450 days ago

Should you be cutting your stars at 36 degrees?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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