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Cutting Crown Molding Quick Start Guide

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: hammer-5-5

Cutting crown molding is HARD. Don’t underestimate this task. If you get it right your first time, drop your tools and go buy a lottery ticket. That’s how lucky you are!

The first small eBook I wrote was about cutting crown molding. It’s still a best seller. You MAY need it, but for now, see if you can’t get the job done without it.

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Do NOT SKIP the second tip below. It’s the secret that no one else tells you about. It’s all about the test pieces of crown molding.

Watch the video below unless you’ve come here from YouTube having already watched my video.

Be sure to look at the RELATED CONTENT links at the bottom of this page. Lots of goodies there for you.

REQUIRED TOOLS:

dotHand Miter Box for Tight Budget  toolshandmitersaw   dot10-inch Double-Bevel Miter Saw  toolsdewalt10inchmitersaw
dotMiter Saw Stand  toolsdewaltsawstand   dotCoping Saw  toolsirwincopingsaw
dotTape Measure  toolsfatmaxtapemeasure   dotHand Plane  toolsstanleyblockplane
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TIPS:

  • Create test pieces of cut crown. Make them 16 inches long and cut at 43, 44 and 45 degrees for inside corners. Cut outside test pieces at 45, 46 and 47 degrees. Use these to determine best angle cut for each side of a corner. RARELY is the cut 45 degrees on both sides of a corner.
  • Install triangular-cut rough lumber strips filling void space behind the crown molding. Nail this to the top plate of wall. The crown is nailed to this blocking.
  • Forget about angled miter cuts at butt joints on long runs. It creates MORE surface area to perfectly match the molding profile. Make straight cuts, block solidly from behind and GLUE the two ends of molding together once a perfect seam is created.
  • Apply glue on the back of the molding pieces and the blocking. This will also hold the seam together for eternity or until the termites show up. Immediately nail the molding before the glue sets up. The glued joint will not separate over time.
  • For perfect corners, remember you’ll have to roll the pieces of molding to get the fit right. Rolling means twisting the molding ever so slightly so it moves up or down the wall or across the ceiling. I’m talking movement not much more than 1/16th inch or so.
  • Still having trouble? Get my Crown Molding DVD NOW.
  • Celebrate your Victory!

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3 Responses to Cutting Crown Molding Quick Start Guide

  1. Hi - thanks for the info. What type of glue do you need? Any regular wood glue? Can you make a Quick Guide on cutting baseboard too?

    Thanks!

  2. With the compound miter saws being so inexpensive it would seem you would give more up to date instructions, where one could move the saw and just lay the material flat on the table for more accurate cuts. From a retired carpenter.

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