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Forum topic by Correira99 posted 10-20-2014 01:28 PM 1133 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2014 01:28 PM

Hello everyone, I’m new to wood crafting and I have to make angle cuts.

Some are 8 degree the length of the wood, some others are 30 and 52 degrees. I have used a miter box before but these seem much more specific and I’m not sure how to go about making these cuts. I have a link to the plans:

the last two pages have the cuts i need,
thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 02:27 PM

If you a table saw, tilt the blade to 8 degrees and make the cut. You can also use a plane and plane the cut, others here could give advice on what plane would be best. The 30 and 52 angles are best made by a miter saw. Or lay out and cut to the line with a hand saw and straight edge.

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 02:41 PM

Are you working with hand tools only? The miter box (or miter saw) will easily do the 8º and the 30ºangles. The 8º bevel would be most easy if ripped on the TS, but planing it down may be an option. The 52º may take some thought. If the miter box (or miter saw) won’t reach 52º, you may have to cut from the other side. That would be a 38º cut, and may have to be set with a protractor or such.

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 12:23 AM

It’s not clear whether you are talking about bevel or miter cuts—or both.

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 01:43 AM

You could set a bevel gauge right on the drawing to get each angle (cut both pieces together to make sure they’re the same), and plan on doing some fine fitting by hand. The exact angles aren’t as important as making sure the ends of the pieces bear evenly.

If you plan to use a power miter saw, you’ll have to build a 90 degree jig to make the 52 degree cut.

I would also clip that sharp upper corner off the 52 degree end, square to the upright piece it’s up against, and put an additional block of wood down against it, on the upright, to block it from slipping upward, or if you want to get fancy, mortise the brace into the upright.

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