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Cut Perfect Miters to Fit Irregular Corners and Angles with a Miter Gauge That Also Saves Time and Materials
by Ron Hazelton on November 23, 2015 in News
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This project may be to complicated for ladies to do without their husbands.
This is my first time cutting crown molding and I followed the advice on making the jig and always placing the bottom up when cutting and it worked flawlessly.
One suggestion I'd have, especially for those that are new to installing Crown molding... is to make up 'practice joints' out of a few short (6") pieces. If you have an inside corner, make up a mock corner and mark them, much like what Ron showed in the video clip... marking the top and bottom, left and right pieces etc...
When your coming up on the corner, take your practice pieces, place them up to the joint and it will help to eliminate mistakes as well as a bunch of the intimidation of the overall project itself. Same can be done for outside corners too. Even if the angles are not perfect (as it is rare for any two joints in a home to be exactly the same anyway), the practice pieces will help you eliminate big mistakes in expensive crown molding... Yeah, it does cost you 1' - 2' of molding, but that is a LOT LESS than replacing a 10' piece if you cut the wrong angle...
Hope this helps some...
Some of us still do... All homes move, expand and contract... wood expands and shrinks. With one 'leg' butting up to the wall corner, and coping the other piece, you cut down the 'noticeable' wood movement by half, reduce or eliminate the need for caulking and usually have a much better looking joint, especially if the walls and-or ceiling are not at true 90 degree angles.
- I've been accused of being too 'Old School' more than once though.... LOL
A lot of times, items or tools that Ron or any other site promotes, MAY be giving him the tool or a few dollars for the mention (and these sites do NOT run for free), but think about it... Would YOU have known about that particular angle gauge that makes doing Crown molding a LOT easier had you not watched this video clip?? There are a lot of people that would love to give Crown a try in their home, but the math is so intimidating to them they would never give it a try themselves... NOW, they might just give it a try and increase their skills as well as the value of their home as a bonus...
BTW Ron (bingo), you broke your own rule by responding.... LOL Hope your life is grand as well!
In my opinion, that foam molding your talking about is about the same as using laminate counter tops on a kitchen remodel vs. using quartz, or marble tops... They just do not compare. BUT, they are a lot easier, even if they are more expensive up front (depending on your molding style-size of course) and have less value in the long run.
After seeing the vid on the new poly molding, I would use it instead of this kind. That vid was just a few weeks ago.
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I always enjoy your informative videos. You did how3ever leave out one very wall is not 90 degrees, but comes at downward angle, ( one end much higher than the other end to be cut.? Can you elaborate on that one please?important miter cut, when the w
Wish I had seen this 20 years ago. Next house I will know how to get perfect Crown moldings. Thanks
Did Santa bring you one?
Amazon. Did you finish the big job? How did it turn out?
So how DID it turn out?
Would you have time to do all that for free? Think about it.
You figured it out!
These cuts are hard to understand but once you figure them out, they seem easy.
Video is great to listen to but would be nice to actually see you cutting the miter joint.
I like crown mouldings but admit to a fear in cutting them. I may have to buy 10,000 pieces to get it right but I will :-). Thanks for the tips Ron. The protractor will be a big help. I have used many methods with limited and poor results for walls that are not squared.
How do you cut crown molding on a horizontal wall going to a slopped ceiling and at the peak of a slopped ceiling. Also a wall at a 45 with the wall and slopped ceiling.
You then can't do Crown Molding. Pack up your tools and move on to something else.
Great little tutorial for working with Crown Molding. "bottom up and measure the angle. Thanks Fred
What if you are left handed?
Thank Ron, I have used a copeing saw. I find it easy to do.
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was it an illusion? I don't think you did bevel cut. if you added the bevel cut, your jig wouldn't have worked
great video but my question is do you always transfer your measurement either inside or outside corner to the bottom edge of the molding?
The jig he makes is all important however. At the very least draw a pencil line on the fence so you always hold the crown in the same place while cutting.
Cope cope cope, yes it is better and once you understand how to do it it's easier. If you use a jig saw, which does take a little practice to get good at, it's faster as well. Mitering inside corners is for beginners and people who don't take trimming seriously.
I have always coped crown mldg. and hated every minute of it, but I sure will try your way of doing it. also I love that tool to get the exact measurement of the corners. I have one on order.I am redoing an entire house and want to put crown in every room. I think I am looking forward to cutting it this time..Thanks,I will let everyone know how it turned out.
Ron's videos are always informative and well done, but this one is exceptional. Labeling the moldings as he cuts made a difficult job much easier. Thanks, Ron
To those with vaulted ceilings, I found the easiest way was to make a joint from scrap wood and keep playing with it until it is right. I questioned Ron once before on this since he makes it look so easy, never did hear back.
Love the idea but I am not the biggest fan of crown mouldings. I will consider making the jig.
I am planning to have a new house built for my retirement. I will not be able to oversee the construction but will make trips for the major stuff. I certainly hope they will do a good job. My big fear is it will not be completely square.
Hi, Ron,What do you do about the gaps between the molding and the uneven walls? Even my relatively new home doesn't have true flush walls.
I see several comments regarding coped inside corners. Doesn't a coped joint handle variations in moisture and temperature better than a mitered joint? Isn't this, in fact, the reason that coped joints have been the standard and are still popular in absolutely top grade work?
great web site Ron you have saved me hundreds in man hours and dollars,at the same time showing how to do it right the first time with the right knowledge. thank you so much.