How to Cut a Board to Length w/ Angles – A Beginner Tutorial

How to Cut a Board to Length w/ Angles – A Beginner Tutorial


Cutting a board to length. Simple Cutting a board to length with angles on both
ends…Easy. Their are a lot of reasons why you may want
to cut a board to a specific length with angles cut on both ends. However, I hear it all the time. People avoid
doing projects that have angled cuts in them because they are not sure of their ability to be able to do that and be accurate.
Now their are a lot of different ways to be able to go about doing this. this is just a way that I have found that
has given me the most reliable results. So the first thing I do is I try to find a
board that is suitable for my project. And here is where a lot of new people will run into the first sticking point Because
often times what they are doing is they are using plans that they have gotten off
the internet or maybe a magazine somewhere and, They are looking at a cut list. And so they
will go from top to bottom on that cut list and cut all their boards to length. then what they will do is they will take those
boards that are already cut to length and try to cut the angles into them. All that does is it forces you into a situation
where you have to be extremely accurate in order to get those angles cut into those boards. What you have to do is
you have to try and find the exact corner of the board in order to make your cut. If you are too far this way you get something
that looks like this. Too far this way and you’ve just cut your
board too short for the project. So I always leave the board an inch or two
longer than what I’m finally going to want. There is nothing more frustrating then cutting
the angles only to realize that you didn’t cut the them in the right direction. So when your first starting out it is helpful
to place the board at roughly the same direction and angle that it will be used in the project. In my case this is the rough position
I need. Then I’ll simulate the adjoining pieces. Again
for my situation their is going to be a horizontal top piece and a vertical back piece. So here I want the angle cut this
way and on this side I want the angle cut this way. Now what that does is it gives me a rough
visual guide line to assist me from here on out. I’m ready to make my first cut. No I’m not
measuring anything at this point I just want to make sure I get the angle cut in the right direction. Now I will flip this on it’s end making sure
the longest side of the board is up. From that side I will mark to my final measurement. and extend that mark. Now if I flip it back on its side, one I can’t
see my mark. Two if I pull it down the cut is in the wrong
direction. So if I just flip the board over. Now I can
see my mark and the cut is in the right direction. I never get cute and fancy with this second
cut and try to hit it dead on first try. I always sneak up on it. Once I’m satisfied with where the cut is going to go I will set a stop block and finish it up. That’s because If I need more than one board
with the same angles at the same length, I can just keep flipping the board over to make each subsequent cut. With the stop block in place I know all my boards are going to be right in terms of length. And that is it. Thats all I do to make simple
and easy angled cuts. Hey thanks for watching, subsribe if you havn’t. Don’t forget to check me out on Facebook and Pinterest. If you like this video, here’s a couple more
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