# Measuring Angles

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I've been working on plans for my first set neck guitar and was planning on building a neck jig. As I was thinking about building it I pulled out my neice's 7th grade protractor and found it difficult to use as the axis was about an inch from the bottom or the protractor.

it is great for measuring 2 dimensional angles on paper, but I found it difficult to use on pieces of wood.

can anyone suggest a better tool for measuring small angles???

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To be honest i never meaure angles, i always work out the side measurments. So a 13 degree angle is roughly a triangle 9 x 2. Measure 9 across, 2 down with a square, mark it and draw a line through.

chris

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Short answer...learn the trig equations for sine, cosine and tangent and post them in the workshop along with a trig-enabled calculator. Then all you ever have to do is measure the sides of triangles and calculate your angles.

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Thats the short answer? That protractor is pretty damn quick IMO.

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Thats the short answer? That protractor is pretty damn quick IMO.

thanks for the input. I was just looking at the leevalley page at the assortment of protractors. I will give one of them a shot.

I will also look into the doing it the "math" way. I was never very good at math and thought I'd like to take some courses now that I'm older (and maybe wiser )

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