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Old 01-18-2015, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Bench table angles?

Hi all, I'm making a table for a small jointer. I want the legs to splay out for stability. The top will be 14x14 in, and the feet will be 24x24. Table height is 34inches. How do I figure the leg angles. Math is not my friend (evil wicked thing) so pretend that you're speaking to a 7 year old mathwise.
Are there typical angles? are there simple formulas to use? HELLLLP!

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Old 01-18-2015, 03:05 PM
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Take a piece of cardboard, poster board, plywood, etc. Square two lines across at 34" apart, one for the top, one for the bottom of your table. 24" - 14" = 10". On the line that represents the top of the stand, measure in 5", half of 10". Draw a line from that 5" mark to a point even with the front edge of the layout board. Set a sliding T-bevel to whatever angle you want, transfer that angle to a sample workpiece, cut it and try it. You can figure out anything with this method.
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^^ That would work.

If you want numbers, a 5 inch splay over a 34 inch height is 8.36° (subtract that from 90 for your cut angle). The leg would be 34-3/8 inches long.

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Be carful not to cause a trip hazard with the legs to the front side of the jointer. Remember you have to walk past it on long boards.

Al

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you dont NEED any angle.. you could make a rectangle "bottom" 24x14, use 2x4s or whatever, put feet or wheels on the corners.

then build a 14x14 column up from that base. No angles required....
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Be carful not to cause a trip hazard with the legs to the front side of the jointer. Remember you have to walk past it on long boards.

Al
The planer is verrry small. The whole thing is only 20 inches long and it will be used on 1x1x12s. Pieces that I get from a cabinet shop, shorts and such. But I will pay attention to the trip factor. Thanx
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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I went with a 9° angle, seems sturdy without being obstructive to walking. Thanks for all of.
Now Im off to craigs list to find a thickness planer.
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