Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Cut Crown Molding

Home Improvement & Maintenance Tips : How to Cut Crown Molding


Hi, I’m Tim Gipson and I am going to talk
to you about how to cut crown molding. Now, there’s a couple of ways that we can go about
this and it really depends on whether you have a miter saw or a compound miter saw.
Now if you are using just a miter saw you are going to set up for 45 degree angles then
what you want to do is you want to take your crown molding and you actually want to turn
it upside down. What we want to do it to approximate that this is the ceiling and that this back
is the wall and so that is how we want to make our cuts. With the flats of the crown
molding on the base and on the back, you can line up your marks where you want to cut it
and turn the saw on. You want to make a nice smooth controlled cut. Now, the next way to
do it, with a compound miter saw, there are marks that are approximately right around
33 degrees and these marks are on most compound miter saws so you can just set it there and
then you also set the angle in the back and with those alignment marks what that allows
you to do is actually lay your piece flat and again with the bottom of it towards the
back. Now you can make a cut and in this case we are making the right angle so that when
you cut it you are actually going to come up with the same cut that we just made, for
an inside cut. So, if I was to swing this back around to this angle, on this side for
this other piece that I just cut, you can see that as I come down we come up with the
same cut. So you can either use a compound miter saw or a standard miter saw and it just
depends on how your orient your piece. One good thing to keep in mind, is that when you
are putting crown molding up is always get a little bit of extra. Particularly if your
not used to cutting a lot of it so that will account for a lot of errors that you might
make and then also when you make your measurements, it is a good idea to make you mark your piece
at least an eighth inch longer. That will allow to make sure that when you cut it, it
fits properly into the ceiling. So, I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how to cut crown molding.

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