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Forum topic by Phillym posted 09-18-2018 12:33 AM 346 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Phillym

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09-18-2018 12:33 AM

Hello

Is there a formula or guide to follow when making X legs ? I want to make a small table for my foyer. The top is 37” wide by 16.5 deep. How do I determine the angle cuts for the legs.

Thank you


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Rich

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#1 posted 09-18-2018 04:12 AM

Yes, it’s trigonometry. What you need to know is the width of the table and the height. If, for instance, the width of the table is 16” and the height is 24”, then the legs would be at an angle whose tangent is 24/16, or roughly 56º.

If your numbers refer to the width and height of the table, then the inverse tangent of 16.5/37 is about 24º.

Of course, the legs aren’t likely to go to the very edge of the table, so you need to account for that.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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Lazyman

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#2 posted 09-18-2018 04:33 AM

Here is blog entry by woodnack (Rick) with some tips that might help.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 09-18-2018 04:55 AM


Here is blog entry by woodnack (Rick) with some tips that might help.

- Lazyman

Well, that definitely cleared things right up…lol

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#4 posted 09-18-2018 01:10 PM

The way I like to do it is make a full size drawing on a piece of 1/4” MDF and set my bevel gauge to that and make the cuts with a back saw. For me that is much faster than trying to set up a table saw to make the cuts and there is no math involved.

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