How to Use an Angle Gauge

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How to Use an Angle Gauge
An angle gauge is used to find angles in woodworking. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

An angle gauge is a tool used by woodworkers to transfer angles. Also known as a bevel square or angle finder, the angle gauge has a small handle with a metal blade that swivels from a fixed point on top. The blade is swivelled to any angle where it is locked in place with a wing-nut. From here, the woodworker can transfer the angle to a saw blade or another piece of wood.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Table saw

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  1. 1

    Twist the wing-nut on the side of the angle gauge until the metal blade loosens.

  2. 2

    Place the handle of the angle gauge on one side of an angle or "mitre" cut on a piece of wood.

  3. 3

    Swivel the metal blade over and around the other side of the angle so that the handle and the metal blade are copying the angle. Turn the wing-nut to lock the angle in place.

  4. 4

    Raise the blade on the table saw to 3-inches from the tip of the highest tooth to the point where the blade emerges from the table saw. Place the angle gauge on the right side of the blade. The handle should be on the table, the metal blade should be angled up and to the right.

  5. 5

    Crouch down in front of the table saw. Turn the handle on the right side of the saw to tilt the blade as you watch it. When the blade angle and the angle on the angle gauge match, stop tilting the blade. The saw will now cut a duplicate angle.

Tips and warnings

  • If your table saw blade will not raise up to 3-inches, just raise it as high as it will go.

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