once you calculate the angle at each point of the triangle, cut the end of a given piece of wood at half that angle (i.e. if the angle is 30 degrees, cut the two joining pieces of wood at 15 degree angles to satisfy your requirements).
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Naturally my construction streak is ended after only a few hours with the need to clarify and figure out angles. Mathematics is a harsh mistress to me.
I do remember pythagoras and the pythagorean theorem, which is always helpful, though i gotta remind myself how to configure the radical numbers to something useful...like inches.
Unfortunately, i can't remember how to find the angles in the triangle once you've got the lengths figured out. I will have to cut the wood at an angle to make it fit snug against the braces, and to do that i need to know the correct angles to cut in each piece.
Do you guys know a good way to find that out, or a webpage you can recommend? my construction guides and textbooks aren't much help. i'm amazed that i can't find how to calculate the angles in the right triangle after.
any help would be awesome. my example i'm trying to configure now is a=8, b=4, and c is that weird radical number that drives me nuts. I just can't find the angles to figure how to cut the wood. ugh. but once i get that, i can calculate all the wood cuts and get those done with today and tomorrow so i can be a sawing and nailing fool for the next week.
Thanks in advance.
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