|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 11-16-2010 05:11 PM||1327 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-16-2010 05:11 PM
Apparently, buying equipment is easier than becoming competent with it.
One recurring struggle for me is working with angles. I’d love to find a local class that deals with basic skills like that (planing, chiseling, etc. ... will have to check back in with Woodcraft). Anyway …
Case in point:
I’m building a cupola and I’m finally at the roofing stage. I’ve got the cedar shingles on, and I want to cut “trim” pieces to run vertically down each of the four corners (from the peak). These will be angled and mitered. Because the slope of the roof is not 45, the miter isn’t 45. After putting my weak resoning skills through a workout, my theory is that if I use the protractor to mirror the corner angle (flat on two planes of the roof, wrapping around the corner) I can then use the angled end cut of the protractor to set the table saw.
I’d love to hear your wisdon on some points and questions that came to mind when trying to solve this problem:
1. Until I get my cabinet saw powered up (it’s only been 10 months, cut me some slack), I’m stuck with a small 8 1/4” table top saw and there’s no way I trust the angle indicator. I really want to transfer the angle, rather than setting it to what some other device tells me it was. I’d be amazed if they coincided.
2. My protractor is a manual sliding model. No readout. Should I get one with a readout? If so, do I really want digital? I get this nagging feeling that analog would give me a better sense for where a measurement would be relative to others, if that makes sense. I attached an image of the protractor that I have.
3. The round end on the protractor makes it impossible to set it down flush on the table saw, so there’s no way to trasfer the angle. In fact, all the protractors that I see online seem to have huge pivot points that I assume would present the same problem.
4. Overall, I really struggle with angles on the table saw. I’m CONSTANTLY cutting miters the wrong way! I just haven’t figured out a system for knowing which way to place the piece, and just as importantly, how to compensate for the angle when setting the fence.
Yeah … I know … I’m a mess!