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An octagonal drum 2021-05-11
From Louie:
I teach carpentry on an Indian reservation.
My students want to make an 18 inch drum frame.
They want to have 8 sides or an octagon shape to the drum frame.
What angle I have to set my miter saw to cut the angles to fit the octagon together.
I want to use this formula by changing the diameter of the frame.

Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal pool deck 2020-05-30
From lauchie:
need help on cut sizes and cut degrees on octagon pool deck for a 24 foot round pool
Answered by Harley Weston.
A hexagonal planter 2020-05-28
From Callie:
Hello, I'm having trouble cutting my angles for my 2 x 4 planter. I did exactly as I've watched and read and mine is just not turning out! Ok, so I want 6 or 8 piece hexagon. With an interior of about 10". So I understand that the boards can be any length, but its the 30 degree or 22 1/2" angles that matter. So. How do I figure how long my 2 x 4 is with 6. and another 8 pieces of 2 x 4 to make this planter and at what angle. So does the length determine the angle? Thank you in advance! i don't want to waste anymore wood! And how to figure length, angle and center circumference?
Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal deer blind 2018-12-31
From Alan:
My grandson and I would like to making a 6'x6' octagon floor for a deer blind. He is eight yrs old and the math is outside my wheelhouse. We need to know the length of the boards and angles of the corners please.
Thank you, Sincerely,

Answered by Penny Nom.
Covering an octagonal region with sand 2016-08-13
From Lynn:
How much sand is needed to fill a 20 ft. wide octagon area 6 inches deep?
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal frame around a pool 2015-05-17
From James:
I have a 20' pool and need to put a frame around it using 2by 4 what r the lengths and angle cuts
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagon around a tree 2014-07-16
From floyd:
I want to build an octagon 4 feet from base of tree from 4x4's. What length do I cut my pieces
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal pad 2014-04-25
From George:
Hi, I need to pour a cement pad in the shape of an octagon that allows for 12" of clearance around the tank I will be putting on it. The tank has a radius of 16'.
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal sandbox around a pool 2012-06-12
From Linda:
My pool is 15 feet across and it is round.

How do I measure to cut wood to build a sandbox around it? was thinking it will look like an octagon.


Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal home 2012-05-29
From Jan:
Lot size is 30' by 30' will a 1,165sq ft. Octagon home fit on lot? I don't know the wall size's only the total size of building? Thank You for have this? If this won't fit what size in sq ft will fit?
Answered by Penny Nom.
A fence around a water tank 2011-02-01
From Heath:
I am building a fence around a water tank. the fence is to be in the shape of a normal octagon. The tank has a circumference of 57 ' 6''. I would like the fence to be 3 ft from the tank at the skinny point . How would I calculate(for the simple guy) where to set each of my 4x4 posts at the 8 corners. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal shaped cake 2010-08-12
From Sara:
Hi, I have tried many polynomial equations and substitution methods but i cant seem to get the right answer. Can you please provide some guidance?
A square cake tin is 24cm x 24cm x 7cm but a cook wants to make an octagonal shaped cake so has cut out 4 pieces of rectangular card board and placed one on each corner on the interior of the tin. The cake has to be a regular octagon so pieces must be just right. What is the size of each piece of cardboard to make the cake a regular octagon? Thankyou.

Answered by Tyler Wood.
An octagonal building 2010-06-23
From Nancy:
I have to submit my approximate sq. meters of an Octagon home in Costa Rica. All I know is all sides are equal. One structure has all sides at 16 feet and the second one has all sides equal at 8 ft. I then have to convert it to sq. meters. Can anybody help me with this? Thank you so much, Nancy
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagon garbage storage bin 2010-03-02
From sharon:
I am trying to make a octagon garbage storage bin and i need to know the measurement of the outer and iner sides i can't get them to fit together what am i doing wrong
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal deck 2009-04-01
From Terry:
area of octagon deck? perimeter 128ft, distance from center to any side 19ft
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Octagonal panels for a horse pen 2009-03-25
From Tony:
I am building a pen for my horse. I am going to use 12' panels in the shape of an octagon. How many feet will he have from side to side using 12' panels.

Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom.
An octagonal landscaping frame 2009-03-01
From Richard:
Hi I am trying to put landscape timbers down in octagon shape that measures 6 feet across and outside measures 360 degrees.. The timbers are 4 inches by 4 inches. I need to know at what angle to cut boards and at what length i need to complete octagon.
Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance.
Richard :)

Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal poker table 2009-02-23
From Corey:
I'd like to build an octagonal poker table using 4'x8' sheets of plywood. I would like each side edge to be approx. 2' wide. I am sure that due to the angles I can do this with one sheet of plywood, but i don't know how to measure for this. Can you help?
Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston.
An octagonal pyramid 2009-02-20
From JUDY:
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal prism 2008-04-27
From Melanie:
My son is identifying geometric shapes in the real world? We are stuck on octagonal prism, rectangular prism and square prism. Can you help me out with some examples. Thanks
Answered by Penny Nom.
The volume of a regular octagonal prism 2007-10-20
From Chris:
I am trying to figure out the volume of a regular octagonal prism, with side lengths of 4 inches. How do I do this?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Constructing an octagonal deck around a circular pool 2007-04-20
From Cliff:
[I am building an] octagonal desk encompassing 17 foot diameter circle for pool. I have seen other octagonal calculations but none of these tell me how much allowance for a circle to fit within the octagon without losing the circle edge can anyone help thanks cliff
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
An octagonal box 2007-03-31
From eddie:
I need to make one wood box in octagon type, that has 1125.00 square feet. I want to know how many feet in one side
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal bird house 2007-01-13
From Soren:
I'm in the process of building a birdhouse that is an octagon (based on previous questions, looks like that's a familiar tune). The essential elements are known, but I get stuck when trying to determine the angle for the cuts that would be made to the thickness of the wood so that they all fit together when assembled. Each octagonal section is 7 inches in width and the peak of the roof will be 2 inches higher than the sides. My sense is that the angle cuts that need to be made to the 'height' of each piece of wood. By height I mean the thinnest part of the wood that is neither the length nor the width to use colloquial terms. While it's clear that a slight angle is needed, it would seem that the angle would necessarily change as the distance from the top of any one side to the peak changes. Please advise if more clarification is needed. The 2 inches is random and can be changed if more convenient. Whew!
Answered by Harley Weston.
An octagonal birdhouse 2006-12-30
From Verner:
I am building a octagon birdhouse,what degree would I cut each side of each piece of wood to assemble the birdhouse?
Answered by Penny Nom.
An octagonal deck 2006-10-29
From R.M.:
I am building an octagon deck and I want to know what length to cut the outside boards.The overall is 12ft. wide.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Octagonal Stop Sign 2006-10-23
From Phil:
My colleagues and I are in a discussion about how many true "sides" an octagonal stop sign has. I say that it has 10 true sides because of the front back sides of a stop sign (3D octagon). Is this correct terminology or should the front and back "sides" be referred to as faces -- equaling 2?
Answered by Paul Betts, Steve La Rocque and Harley Weston.
An octagonal room 2006-10-18
From Rick:
I am a cabinetmaker, and I have a client who has an octagonal room which he would like to be used as a walk-in closet. Each side of the octagon is 60" in length. Each wall section is to have a 24" deep cabinet installed on it. I am trying to figure out the width of each cabinet allowing for a 3" space between cabinets at the front corner.
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
An Octagonal playhouse 2004-07-13
From Levi:
I'm building an octagon playhouse for my son that is 8 feet wide. what would be the measurements of each of the eight sides.
Answered by Harley Weston.



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