How to Figure Out Angles for Wainscoting

One of the most critical tasks of woodworking is wainscoting, this requires much artistry, and there is a high possibility of faulty construction. For this reason today, we will illuminate you with few techniques on how to figure out angles for wainscoting. This will be much beneficial for your carpentry, and the probable error in the construction of your edges will indeed be eliminated by this method.

How to Figure Out Angles for Wainscoting


Wainscoting is quite tricky for beginners who are involved in carpentry. There is an imminent need to figure out angles before the installation of the panels. The tips must look similar in terms of all aspects, and the woodworking will not look good. Many processes are used for figuring out these angles while wainscoting. We have shortlisted some for your better convenience. These are stated below with appropriate simplification.

Method One: Digital Angles Measuring Technique

This method is usually used when you want to replicate certain wainscoting because the tools used in this process are designed to copy a panel quickly. For this process, you will need to obtain a spacer. The spacer is a custom made object that can be used to draw parallel lines for replicating a panel. The width of the spacer is based on the gap that you want between two panels while wainscoting.

You can make it by cutting a wood panel with the panels’ spacing width, or you can use any ceramic material for this tool. But you have to remember that this tool should be firm enough to resist the pressure of your palm, and the edges should be adequately sanded for marking the lines. Once you have got the spacer, you can use a pencil and draw a straight line, which will coincide with the panel’s horizontal line.

You have to draw the line from the endpoint of the horizontal panel line. You have to draw the line a bit longer because it will require much space to measure the angle. Then you have to take the spacer and place it with the panel, and you will observe that the spacer will quickly identify the adequate gap that you need between the boards. Then you have to take a pencil and draw a line parallel to the panel line with the spacer as the measurement between them.

Once you have drawn both of these lines, you will observe an angle created by the intersection of the horizontal line and the parallel line drawing with the spacer’s help. Now you have to take an angle measuring device. There are many angle measuring devices available in the market. We prefer that for this method, you use the Husky Digital Angle Measuring Device. This will be much effective and provide an accurate value.

Digital Angles Measuring Technique

Once you have acquired the digital angle measuring device, you have to place the two scales on the two-line that we have drawn, and you will see a reading on the screen of the device. But before that, you have to get something straight. It would be best if you observed whether the angle is an acute angle or obtuse angle because, for the acute angle, the value may be different than the obtuse angle. So once you have located the type of angle, then you have to place the device for measurement.

You will observe the device’s reading, and if the device shows obtuse angel reading, you have to assume that the device is not placed correctly. In this instance, you have to take the machine and set the two rulers that are attached to the device in such a manner that the reading becomes acute in value. This can be done by placing the rulers in the opposite direction. In this manner, by the combination of basic geometric knowledge, you will get the exact value.

Next, you have to observe the reading and note it down in a piece of paper. While measuring the angle, you should be much careful about the placement of the rulers. The rulers must coincide with the two lines. If this is not done correctly, then the measurement of the angle will become faulty. After this, you have to divide the angle into two equal values and then cut your panels according to the new value. After that, you can join the boards. Thus you can measure the angle for wainscoting.

Method Two: Conventional Angle Measuring Technique

This method is based on using a piece of traditional wainscoting equipment, this is the analog angle measuring device. You can use this device to measure the angle, and the best part of this device is that you can easily lock the angles while measuring. This will be helpful because once you closed the device, the slopes will get frilly stable, and you can get an accurate value for your calculation. This will be much helpful for beginners to learn the technique.

The tool that we will be using for this process is known as a miter gauge. You can quickly obtain it from your nearest carpentry store. For this process at first, you have to take a paper and pencil, it is better if you use a graph paper, it will help mark the measurements. Next, you have to take the measurement of the edges and then draw it on the paper. You must right the values of lines while you are drawing; this will help you cut the panels.

Conventional Angle Measuring Technique

To measure the angles, you have to take the miter gauge and then place it in between the lines. There are two rulers attached to a circular disk in this tool. The rulers will be used for placing on the lines, and the circular disk will provide you the angle of measurement. There is also a locking key to keep the angle steady. Once you have placed the rulers and lock the tool, you will get the angle, and then you must divide the angle into two halves before cutting the panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Tool Do You Use to Measure Angles?

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What Are 3 Devices Used to Measure Angles?

There are many devices that can be used to measure angles. These include the compass, protractor, and vernier caliper.

Compass: The most common device used to measure angles is the compass. It consists of two metal rods connected by a pivot point and attached to a thin plate with a needle at one end. When you hold the plate between your thumb and forefinger, the needle points north or south depending on which direction you turn it around the pivot point.

Protractor: A protractor is an instrument for measuring an angle’s size in degrees or radians. This device has two intersecting metal arms that are attached to a fixed base plate with graduations printed on it from 0° to 180° or 360° in increments of 30° (and some other variations). One arm has teeth that slide along this scale as they rotate so that you can use them as an index finger to read off an angle value from either side of the scale without moving your hand from its position near the center of rotation.

What Is the Angle of 45 Degrees?

The angle of 45 degrees is the measure of a right angle. It is equal to the sum of an acute angle and a straight line that goes through the point where two lines intersect.

How Many Degrees Is a Obtuse Angle?

An obtuse angle is an angle that measures between 90 degrees and 180 degrees. It is also called a right angle, with the side opposite the right angle being acute. An obtuse angle has two angles measuring at a smaller degree of each other, which means they form a triangle.


Lastly, we hope that for the best result of your carpentry, the processes mentioned here will be much useful. These techniques will precisely confirm the wainscoting of your edges. Besides, the persons who are curious about learning DIY techniques will be much benefitted by these methods. Thank you for your patience. Happy crafting. Have a nice day!!

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