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How do I use an 8" T bevel?

I have some chair railing I need to put up and the walls are not at 90 degrees. I have an 8" T bevel but have no idea how to use it to get the correct angle. Can you help?

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Put it against the wall so it touches both walls. Then lock it in place with the nut. Next if you have a power miter saw lay it on the table and move the blade so it lines up with the angle thay you have then it will give you the angle for the cut.

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