I've got a project to repair an item for an uncle to, essentially,
replace a missing panel in a barrel. As a warm up for that I decided to
make a pentagon shaped structure.
The angles came out close, but it does not fit well and I'm trying to
look for clues.
The test material was a strip of plywood about 30 inches long and 40
I set the angle of the table to be 36 deg off of center and ran both
side of the strip through. I then ripped the strip into similar length
Using my digital angle gauge, the angle of the beveled edges ranges from
53.6 to 54.4 degrees. When I put pieces together, there's always one
piece that does not fit.
The third attempt worked better than the second, with some slight
tweaking of the angles. (The first was a complete mathematical
mistake.) Are there any suggestions for improving this process?
The barrel pieces will be done in mahogany when I feel confident in
being able to do this work without ruining the wood. Although I'll
probably move up to poplar, or something similar, as a final dry run.