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angle of cut on railroad tie's around tree

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by VO Landscape Design, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    A client wants 6 sided railroad tie's around her tree. I am not great at figuring the angle of the cut needed for the ends to make them fit smoothly. Is there a simple formula for this?
    Thanks
    VO
     
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    360/6=60 for each corner each piece is half this angle or 30 degrees.
     
  3. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    Thanks things will go much smoother now
    VO
     
  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    Have fun with that. As I remember RR ties are a PITA and dull a chain saw very quickly.
     
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,315

    I might suggest scribing as this will give you the most accurate cuts and final assembled appearance. When you try to cut at a specific angle in situations like this, it never seems to line up the way you want or intended.
     
  6. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    Or you could make a jig out of 3 straight pieces of wood.
     

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