Bevel Basics and Beyond
Duplicate cutting angles
When a plan asks for a beveled or angled cut, or angled hole, you can use an inexpensive protractor and bevel for precise results. First, using a protractor, lay out the angle along the edge of a worksheet as shown above.
Then, position the body of the bevel along the edge of the work surface, and set its angle according to the layout line you just drew as shown left. The first few times you try this, it makes sense to double-check the accuracy of your setting by repeating the procedure. This shouldn't take more than a few seconds. Now, use the bevel to set the miter gauge, fence, or table of your tablesaw, radial-arm saw, jointer, drill press, bandsaw disc sander, or other shop tool. If a plan calls for a chamfered edge, and you prefer to do the job with a bench plane, then a bevel can help you in this instance, too. After adjusting your bevel for the necessary angle as described in the previous paragraph, use the bevel to periodically check your work as shown below.
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