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Figuring Angle Cuts On The Table Saw

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The basics on figuring the correct angles for Table Saw cuts.

Many woodworkers seem to have difficulty figuring the right Table and Miter Gauge angles when making a cut that's not within the marked range of their Table/Blade tilt quadrant or Miter Gauge quadrant. Here's the answer.

With most Table Saws, the tilt quadrant ranges from 45-degrees to 90-degrees. This range represents the relative bevel angle between the Saw Blade and its Worktable. When you need to make a 10-degree bevel cut, for example...or one of 125-degrees, you'll soon discover that neither of these numbers can be found on the tilt quadrant.

When cutting an angle from "0" to 45-degrees, merely subtract the angle you intend to cut from 90-degrees and set your Table/Blade tilt quadrant at that number. For example, if you want to cut a 10-degree angle, set your tilt quadrant at 80-degrees.

Angles from 90-degrees to 135-degrees are obtained by subtracting the desired angle from 180-degrees. For example, if you want to cut a 125-degree angle, you would set your tilt quadrant at 55-degrees.

These same rules apply to Miter Gauge settings. It's that simple.

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