John - I got the same item several years ago. It isn't very accurate in
terms of markings. About the only thing I use it for is to lock it at an
angle I want to duplicate then take it to the miter saw and set the saw
at the same angle.
For molding, I also recommend coping the joint. Put the first piece in
with two square ends. Cope the end of each adjoining section and test
the fit, then cut for length. Continue around the room. It makes a nice
quick installation once you get the hang of it.
Another trick with angles is to cut the molding slightly long and get
the first end right. Then get the angle on the second end right, with
the piece still a bit long. Once you have both ends right, you have the
setting on your saw already perfect, so you can just trim a bit more off
the second end.
The only place angle really matters is outside corners. Fit the first
piece with a 45 deg cut. Have a scrap with 45 deg cuts on both ends and
test the angle for the other side of the corner. You can then tell if
the angle is greater or less than 45. Try and come close using the
John T. Blair wrote:
> Hey gang, boy do I feel dumb.
> I purchased a "protractor" or "Inside/Outside Angle Finder"
> I'm trying to figure out how to read it. The main protractor is in
> 5deg increments. A couple of months ago I did a google search for how
> to read
> something and found a very good description of how to read the vernier on
> this particular angle finder.
> Well today I started to put down new base board molding and grabbed the
> angle finder, and measured the first corner. But for the live of me I
> get an closer to the angle than the 5 degree increments.
> Anyone have a link to a site that tells you how to read this tool or
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