DIY Saw Blade Angle Guide

So one thing I love doing is finding ways to do something without actually having to spend money on the easy way. Sure it’s a hell of a lot easier, but if you already have something that will do the job, why not use it?

With that in mind, I give you, my all new cell phone based angle guide for the table saw based on the idea I got from the Woodworkers Guild of America website the other day. I have been chomping at the bit all week to make this and finally had a day off to assemble it using my cell phone, some magnets, scrap wood, and glue… all in all it works like a champ and actually is true and measures the angle perfectly.

The concept is simple, build a small tray to set your cell phone in snugly. Add a small block to the side of it then drill a couple or three small holes that will allow you to inset some rare earth magnets into them. I glued these in place using Loctite 5 minute epoxy.

Now head for Google Play, Apple, or whatever else you use and find an app that lets you find the angle at which your phone is currently tilted to. Now all you have to do is set your phone in the cradle, stick the cradle to the side of the blade, zero out the app so it shows you’re at zero or 90 degrees, then adjust your blade as need be. For the purposes of my test I set it to 45 as seen in the pic because that’s the most common cut I make for my French Cleats etc..

I made a couple of cuts and then checked them against a protractor and guess what ?!?!? It was spot on !!!!