Home Improvements : How to Cut Molding

Home Improvements : How to Cut Molding


Hi I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to talk to
you about how to cut molding. Now the most basic thing we can use is something like this
miter box and a back saw to cut the molding and there is usually two things that we are
doing or a couple of things that we are doing. We are either trying to cut outside corners
such as these two pieces are cut to form an outside corner. We could have two pieces that
are set up to cut for an inside corner or we might be setting up to cut outside corners
such as this when we lay this down for doing things like picture frames. So depending on
your application what we want to do in setting up this miter box we use what we call a back
saw, slides into these slots and these slot in the miter box are set up at 45 degrees
because whenever we are doing corners that is 90 degrees so we cut that in half, that
is 45 degrees so if you cut two 45 degrees you can end up with a perfect 90 degree angle
when you match the molding up. So with the back saw what it does is that it cuts on your
forward motion so you want to set your molding up so it is up against this fence and you
want to orient the 45 degree so that it is leaning this way, if you want to do an outside
corner if you were putting it on a wall or if you were doing like a picture frame you
would lay it down so whichever face you would want your 45 degree you either want it facing
out or facing down. So in this case we will cut one so it is facing down so as you can
see a miter box works very good for giving you a 45 degree corner. Now if we are using
larger pieces of molding that are a little more difficult to cut then you might want
to use a miter saw which is a power saw or a compound miter saw. That would make that
much easier for cutting those. So I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how to cut molding.

4 thoughts on “Home Improvements : How to Cut Molding

  1. Thank you so much for such a well thought out informational video. I have been pulling my hair out for the last half an hour and then found your video. Thanks for making my project work. Keep up the great work!

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