How to Cut Crown Molding for an Inside Corner

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Crown molding, the trim at the junction of the ceiling and wall, can really dress up the appearance of any room. The trickiest part of installing crown molding is working the crown molding around the corners. It's important to properly cut the crown molding so that you have a clean junction when the pieces of crown molding fit the corner. Cutting crown molding to fit an inside corner takes a little planning and a couple of special tools, but if planned and executed carefully, you'll have an attractive result you can be proud of.

Things You'll Need

  • Crown molding Measuring tape Miter box Miter saw
  • Measure the wall segments that lead to the inside corner. These measurements will determine where you'll make the cuts on the pieces of crown molding. The important thing to remember is that the backside of each piece of crown molding (the part against the wall) is the measurement that must match both the crown molding and the wall.

  • Take your first piece of crown molding, and mark on the back edge the length of the measurement you took in Step 1. Put the piece of crown molding into the miter box, and cut, discarding the wood as indicated in the diagram. When cutting the crown molding, hold it securely in place in the miter box. A carpenter's wood clamp is a good accessory to assist with this. It'll hold the wood in a stable position while you cut and allow you to have both hands free.

  • Take the second piece of crown molding, mark it as in Step 2, and place it in the miter box. Cut the crown molding at a 45-degree angle, discarding the piece as indicated in the diagram.

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