Measure Odd Trim Angles
An angled piece of scrap can help get fast and consistent measurements.
I’ve been building shelving and trimming out a basement conversion that has quite a few tight inside corners that meet at odd angles. It was frustrating trying to get accurate measurements because the hook of my tape measure was too large to fit in the tight corners, and using a steel rule to make a reference mark was slowing me down.
To get fast and consistently accurate measurements, I cut the correct angle for the corner on one end of a piece of scrap and then added a small sawkerf exactly 2 in. from the tip. After that, it’s just a matter of pressing the scrap tightly into the corner, hooking the sawkerf with my tape measure, and adding 2 in. to the measurement.
—Chad Holste, Palo Cedro, Calif.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
Published in Fine Homebuilding #310