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Cutting Crown Moldings - Compound Mitre Cuts

Posted by Dan Rudman on January 5th, 1998 03:08 PM
In reply to Crown Molding Miter Cuts by Kurt A. Blevins on January 5th, 1998 11:57 AM [Go to top of thread]

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> Cutting Crown Molding by Handyman on 05/19/2005

All you need to do is have the crown molding sitting in the mitre box (or a jig, if necessary) at the angle it will sit when it's installed.

In an example case, you might have the ceiling-side butt up against the back wall of the mitre box and the wall/cabinet side butt up to the bottom of the mitre box.

Then simply cut a 45 degree angle.

Be sure to plan out which side of the molding you'll cut and how the molding should be oriented (e.g., "cove-side up or cove-side down") and write it down for reference to save yourself countless frustrations and several trips back to the lumber yard for more moldings.

I found that constructing a compound mitre jig works well for a table saw (and may or may not be a little more difficult for a radial arm saw) -- but if the molding is small enough and you don't mind, a simple mitre box and a nice sharp saw do the trick just fine and without all that extra time making a jig!

Hope this is helpful.

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