OK, I'm sure some of you are going to think this is a really stupid question or problem to have. I'm a smart guy. But you ever get one of those things where, for whatever reason, you can't get your head around the concept?
I'm trying to build a version of Norm's Chop Saw Station. I wanted to have it done this weekend, so the next could be for another project, so ordering the plans isn't going to work. I think I gleaned enough info off of the show to make my own. With all respect to Norm and the website, I won't be divulging any, but it wasn't hard to figure out. (any numbers you see here are mentioned by him)
What my brain is fried over is trying to measure (beveled/mitered/slant/whateverthecorrecttermis) cuts. The bottom of the table is supported by 5" rails, with spacers in between - so I assume these are the same dimension. The end spacers are splayed at a 10 degree angle to accept the legs. I know how to make all of this, but what I can't seem to understand is how to make sure everything is the same 5" width.
The only thing I can think of is to measure out what was cut off, and add to the original 5" to get the same distance, but even that doesn't sound right.
I tried Pythagorean Theorem, but the numbers don't make sense. Unless I reverse the known angle. Then I come up with a length of 5.0771, which sounds plausible.
Buying a miter saw, I think this kind of calculation is going to factor in much more with my work. Especially when you have two such angled cuts, and you have to make something to go in-between. Am I thinking about this too hard?