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Bevel Basics and Beyond

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Duplicate cutting angles
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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.


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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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Continued on page 4:  Duplicating angles from full-size drawings

 

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Comments (4)
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pf2 wrote:

Easiest and quickest way to bisect an angle on paper is to fold the paper such that side A lines up with side C. The fold will be at B.

8/1/2013 12:19:55 PM Report Abuse
BobWoodworker wrote:

Very useful explanation of how to determine and reproduce an existing angle. Thank you!

9/16/2010 05:21:16 PM Report Abuse
Jig User wrote:

Great tip, all woodworkers should know some basic geometry. There is probably some $500 tool out there that will create this angle for you.

2/25/2010 04:07:44 PM Report Abuse
ironhat wrote:

This is one of those operations that beginning to intermediate WW'ers sometimes never learn because it's assumed to be too basic for magazine coverage. I, for one, am glad for the review.

12/17/2009 07:36:58 PM Report Abuse

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