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Posted by Anne on October 12th, 1997 02:25 PM
In reply to Crown Molding Thanks by Margaret Minto on September 10th, 1997 03:38 PM [Go to top of thread]

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> Mitre Cuts and Crown Molding by Handyman on 05/19/2005

You certainly have my empathy as I have
been attempting to replace my kitchen molding -
half of it having been removed to replace the
ceiling tiles after a rewiring job and adding new
light fixtures and a fan. Each piece has
required 3 cuts - the basic length, and then the
45 degree angled cuts. These made with the molding
angled into the floor of the miter box and then the
saw in the compound slot. One thing I became acutely
aware of was that regardless of how well I had managed
to cut those angles, I still needed a sharp knife
or a coping saw. These allowed me to "fine tune"
that original miter cut for a better fitting corner.
The next secret that probably nobody has told you is
that you use chaulking when you have the pieces tacked
up on the corners to "even out" their appearance!
It's a good idea to paint your milding before you start
... you can always touch it up later, and use a punch to tack the
your nails in under the wood with a small dollop of
paint over them they will never be noticed.

If your hands/arms/shoulders are not strong, as mine
aren't (and I really learned the hard way), take
your time and put up just a few pieces at a time.

Hope this helps.

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