Compound Angles Without Math
Simple set-up block dials in tablesaw settings for accurate butt and miter joints
Synopsis: Compound angles can add visual interest to many projects where standard square joints can’t. And cutting compound-angle joinery doesn’t have to be intimidating. In this article, Steve Brown shares his simple technique for cutting compound-angle butt joints and miters on the tablesaw. No math is required; all you need is a bevel gauge and the desired angle of the slope. Brown walks readers through setup, cutting, and assembly, and gets you ready to expand on the technique to cut compound dovetails.
Compound angles add visual interest to a piece. Instead of building a cradle that looks like a stiff box, you can angle the sides to give it a more subtle, inviting appearance. Angled sides are used in many types of woodwork, from simple serving trays and window boxes to the high-style bombé chest, with its flat, sloped case and drawers that are carved into a bulge…