How to Cut Wood Angles

Updated February 21, 2017

There are tools on the market to help you cut wood on angles, from large table saws to a small, plastic mitre box. Some cutting methods, like the plastic mitre box, are limited to allowing you to cut at predefined angles. A double-bevel compound mitre saw allows you to cut 0- to 60-degree mitre angles and 0- to 48-degree bevel cuts simultaneously. Some saw styles are better suited to cutting certain lumber types than others are.

Determine the cut angle that is necessary for the project. For example, if you need to cut two pieces of baseboard to fit around a 90-degree wall corner, divide the angle by 2 (45 degrees) for the correct cut angle. If you are installing baseboard around a rounded corner, cut the baseboard so the baseboard makes a 45-degree angle around the corner. To do this you will have to make 4 22.5-degree cuts (to complete 2 45-degree angles).

Set the saw blade to the desired angle (the method of blade adjustment differs by the saw type, the maker of the saw, and other factors).

Put on safety glasses and hearing protection. Place the wood in the correct cutting position. Turn the saw on and pass the wood through the blade to complete the cut. Turn off the saw and allow the blade to spin down to a stop before moving scrap wood away from the saw blade.

Repeat Steps 1-3 to complete any subsequent angle cuts.


Keep all of your body parts away from moving saw blades.

Things You'll Need

  • Saw in which cut angle can be adjusted that is most appropriate for the job
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection


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Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.