# Real world trigonometry problem making furniture

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• shane3
In summary, trigonometry is a valuable tool in furniture making that allows for precise and accurate calculations of angles and measurements. It can be used for a variety of tasks such as determining leg lengths, diagonal supports, shelf spacing, and even more complex designs. Understanding trigonometry improves the quality of furniture making by creating sturdy and visually appealing pieces, while also avoiding mistakes and miscalculations. There are also tools and software available that utilize trigonometry to assist in the design and construction process for furniture makers.
shane3
I'm building a bed bench and I have an interesting trig problem that I can't figure out. I have a rectangle with known values and a parallelogram that bisects it with a known width. Like a board. I want to be able to figure out the angles so I can cut it. I want the board to intersect the rectangle in a specific way. I've attached an image as I have no other way to describe this. It feels like this should be solvable. Just not sure how. Any help would be great. Thanks.
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## 1. How is trigonometry used in making furniture?

Trigonometry is used in making furniture to determine the angles and dimensions of various pieces. It helps in calculating the length of wood needed for a specific angle or the placement of joints for stability.

## 2. Can you give an example of a real-world furniture-making problem that uses trigonometry?

A common example is determining the angle for cutting the legs of a table or chair to ensure stability and proper height. Trigonometry can also be used to calculate the angles for creating a slanted backrest or armrest on a piece of furniture.

## 3. How does trigonometry help in creating precise and accurate furniture?

Trigonometry allows for precise measurements and calculations, ensuring that all pieces of furniture are made with accurate angles and dimensions. This helps in creating sturdy and well-constructed furniture that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

## 4. Is trigonometry only used in woodworking or furniture making?

No, trigonometry is used in various other fields such as architecture, engineering, and construction. It is a fundamental tool in creating accurate and precise designs for any type of structure or object.

## 5. Do I need to have a strong understanding of trigonometry to make furniture?

While a basic understanding of trigonometry is helpful, it is not necessary to have an in-depth knowledge of the subject to make furniture. Many woodworking techniques and tools have been developed to simplify the use of trigonometry in furniture making, making it accessible to people with varying levels of mathematical skills.

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