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Old 12-10-2017, 11:24 AM
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Default TIP: Homemade angle finder inspired by Doug's Dec. 8th math question

Guys and gals, I have found myself many times without some way to measure or find an angle. I had this happen while bending the HS spars, setting hand plane blades in a honing guide, etc. There is a relative easy way to find an angle using a little math and a piece of cardboard. The process might look complicated but I assure you if you do it a couple of times it gets fast. I can do this in less than 2 minutes. This also works for an outside angle, just make your "flat area" up a bit from the bottom and draw your right triangle downward instead of up.

Perhaps there is an easier way to do this but this method has always served me well and is surprisingly accurate. Would be even better if you used metal!

Step 1 get some flat area (about 4-5 inches) and mark a 4-6" line next to it.

20171210_095448 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Step 2 decide on the angle you are interseted in and do some simple math.

20171210_095804 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Step 3 take the results from step 2 and mark it on the vertical line depicted on the right of the above picture. The results from step 2 represent the side of the triangle opposite the angle.

20171210_095743 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Step 4 draw a line (aka the hypotenuse of the triangle)

20171210_095907 by Jereme Carne, on Flickr

Step 5 cut out what is needed and enjoy your new tool.

angle finder by Jereme Carne, on Flickr
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:28 AM
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Wouldn't a protractor be a bit simpler?
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Wouldn't a protractor be a bit simpler?
Mike you are correct but I don't always have one.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:33 AM
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Neither do I, but your math makes my head hurt.....
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Neither do I, but your math makes my head hurt.....
Haha fair enough, just slam line 3 into a calculator (with whatever angle you want) and hope I didn't make a mistake.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:41 AM
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Neither do I, but your math makes my head hurt.....
No need for hurting heads if you have a PC at hand....

Tan of X degrees here -

https://www.rapidtables.com/calc/mat...alculator.html

= 0.10510424 for the 6 degrees quoted

Multiply by the baseline you want to get the size of the angle template you want, 4 inches in the case above.

0.10510424 x 4 = 0.42041696

Measure on the cardboard template to whatever accuracy you want.

No mathematical headaches involved. Simply quick and easy.
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No need for hurting heads if you have a PC at hand....

Tan of X degrees here -

https://www.rapidtables.com/calc/mat...alculator.html

= 0.10510424 for the 6 degrees quoted

Multiply by the baseline you want to get the size of the angle template you want, 4 inches in the case above.

0.10510424 x 4 = 0.42041696

Measure on the cardboard template to whatever accuracy you want.

No mathematical headaches involved. Simply quick and easy.
Thanks for the added reference to the calculator Gil!
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Jereme, thanks for the refresher although I haven't needed to use it in a long time, I had nearly forgotten about SOH CAH TOA from Trigonometry.
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Jereme, thanks for the refresher although I haven't needed to use it in a long time, I had nearly forgotten about SOH CAH TOA from Trigonometry.
No problem Ryan, anytime I can teach a bit of math (especially when it applies to something) is a good day.
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Wouldn't a protractor be a bit simpler?
Not neessarily. With a protractor, your accuracy is limited by the size of the protractor, and your ability to set the corner point on the reference line of the protractor accurately, which is not always as clear as it should be.

With this technique, you can scale up the whole geometry so that measurement error has a smaller effect on the angle. If you need a durable angle, use some masonite or thin aluminum sheet.
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