Home Improvements : How to Cut a Return on Crown Molding

Home Improvements : How to Cut a Return on Crown Molding


Hi I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to talk to
you about how to cut a return on crown molding. Now in some rooms where we are putting crown
molding up if you do not have a regular terminating point as far as being able to stop in a corner
or actually have a room that has four inside corners where you are going to actually put
the crown molding all the way around, this is common in a lot of contemporary homes where
you have open spaces so if you have a den and a breakfast area and a kitchen that is
all joined together you may just want to put crown molding in your den but you have no
place to stop the crown molding then we can cut what we call a return. Now I am going
to demonstrate on this smaller molding which approximate to a crown. A regular crown will
essentially be something like this but for demonstration purposes we’ll use this. So
what we want to do is we want to set up our compound miter saw so that the back represents
the ceiling and the base represents the wall so with this position we will go ahead and
we will cut our 45 degree into our crown
and then for the opposite side we will actually swing our compound miter saw around to the
other 45 degree and we’ll cut our return piece. So now as you can see when we hold the molding
together in the orientation so again where the top part here goes against the ceiling
and the bottom part goes against the wall. We have got a good 90 degree. So now all I
need to do is to mark the inside edge of the molding and then I can lay my molding down
flat and line it up on my saw so I’m right on that edge. So now when I cut this piece
off as you can see it terminates the end of the molding. I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how
to cut a return on crown molding.

9 thoughts on “Home Improvements : How to Cut a Return on Crown Molding

  1. lol those finger are aweful close. hehe. although I couldn't see the cut, it was very well done, and the finished product was cool too!

  2. I have a home with crown molding, and I was having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to cut a return.

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