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post #1 of 5 Old 12-03-2018, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Help with angles mini houses


I really enjoy building miniature houses, and to this day I havent been able to figure out how to cut angles for the roof.

Im talking about a mini house with 4 walls like in the one in the top of this picture.
My only tools are a hand saw or a jig saw.

How do I measure and cut the angles?

Thank you so much for the help!
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-03-2018, 10:38 PM
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It would make your work a lot easier if you would purchase an angle gauge. Then cutting the parts would be a lot easier with a table saw.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-03-2018, 11:45 PM
where's my table saw?
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All gable roofs have a slope or pitch

The slope of the roof is expressed by the 4/12 pitch. Which means for every 12" you move horizontally you move up 4".
You can also use degrees, like 45 degrees:

Where the two roof panels come together is called a miter in your example. To keep things simple, use a 45 degree pitch. Each board will have a 45 degree angle or bevel cut so it mates with the other without a gap. Since you don't have the proper tools, you can just butt them together and nail them. This will form a 90 degree angle inside the two panels, easy to make with simple tools.

If you use a different pitch with less slope, it will be difficult to make the angles perfectly using hand tools, with no gaps. A table saw would be a good machine to use for this.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I assume that you make a sketch/plans when building the houses. You measure the angles with a protractor.

Or you use predetermined angles such as woodsnthings presented.

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Get or make a miter box


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