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Forum topic by cassady posted 09-02-2012 03:55 AM 1039 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2012 03:55 AM

I am trying to plan a project that will eventually be an octagonally-shaped cart for my air compressor. I have the plan in my head but I apparently lack the brainpower necessary to figure out how to join the pieces of wood AND also figure out the angle I will need to cut the wood at to form the octagon. Picture an octogon about 2 feet across. If anyone has a tip for figuring angles and then also knows a good way to clamp angled joints, feel free to school me!

Thank you!

-- Cassady in Denver, CO

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 04:44 AM

Doing the math for the angles wood hurt my brain right now…...
Clamping could be accomplished with a band clamp. Like this one on sale at Rockler.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 04:46 AM

Matthias Wandel has a video about how to calculate the angles for a polygon (10 sides). While that part may not be such a great help, he also shows how he glues the angles joints together. Here’s the link, hope it helps:

-- Ryan

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 05:18 AM

cassady, this might help if I have the tolerances set right lol.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 05:26 AM

Just do a Google search for a segmented angle chart. An 8 sided ring will need and angle of 22.5 degrees on the end of every piece. To clamp them, form the ring with all sides in their place, glue then rap a band aroung it making sure its flat an in an even octogon shape, I use a large rubber band or belt clamp. After it dries screws or splines can reinforce the joints.

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 11:29 AM

360 degree circle-divide by 8 = 45-divide by 2 = 22.5 like tomd said. Key is dividing the circle by the number of sides.
I would use bisquits for alignment and a good glue along with a strap clamp or some type of rubber band. I buy surgical tubing at Lowes and it works great for rubber banding odd shapes.

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 12:26 PM

A really good program for a woodworker to have is a CAD program. It makes anything like this easy. A really good affordable CAD program is Turbocad.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-02-2012 01:43 PM

Thanks for the info everyone! Appreciate the sharing

-- Cassady in Denver, CO

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 11:17 AM

8 pieces (obviously). Diameter X π (3.14) divided by 8 that’s the length of the pieces. All angles are 22.5 degrees. I build a lot of octogons.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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