How to Connect Two Pieces of Wood Trim

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Wood trim is found in many different places around the house. There is trim along the base of a room that acts as a baseboard. Trim can also be found along the top of a room. This trim is called crown molding. Almost all doors and windows in a house have trim going around the perimeter. This trim will give the house a more finished look. Sometimes the trim is butted together. It is cut at an angle and fit to the next piece so it has a uniform look when going around a window or door. Connecting two pieces of trim has a lasting impact on the look of a home.

Things You'll Need

  • Miter saw
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
  • Caulk gun
  • Liquid nails
  • Measure where the trim will be installed to determine the length of the two pieces that will be connected together. Mark the measurements on the trim so the proper cuts can be made.

  • Slide the first piece of trim into the compound miter saw. Lay it flat along the fence of the saw. Adjust the blade of the saw so it is 45 degrees in either direction. Line up the blade with the mark on the trim. Pull down carefully on the handle of the saw and cut straight through the trim.

  • Put the second piece of trim into the saw and turn the blade to 45 degrees in the opposite direction. This is done so the two pieces can butt together to form a 90 degree angle. Line up the mark on the trim with the blade and cut straight through the trim just like in the previous step.

  • Butt the two pieces of trim together to make sure they fit properly. Set them aside and run a bead of liquid nails along the edge of each piece of trim at the point where they will connect. Press the two pieces together firmly and hold them in place so the liquid nails can adhere.

  • Wipe away any excess liquid nails on top of the trim with a clean rag. Set the joined pieces along the wall where they will be installed and hammer them in place with finishing nails. Insert a nail directly in the center of the trim every six inches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety goggles when working with a miter saw.

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