How to Cut Crown Molding

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Cutting crown molding is best done using a compound miter saw, but a chop saw or a miter box can also be used. Find the best tool to cleanly cut crown molding with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to cut crown molding. Now, two ways we can go about it is that we can either us a compound miter saw, or a chop saw such as this, or we can use a miter box. Now, it's going to be a lot easier to cut the crown molding using a compound miter saw so, for this demonstration purposes that's what we're going to do. Now, when we're sitting up the crown molding, one thing we want to do, we want to make sure that primarily what we're doing is we're cutting splices to continue on, on a wall, or molding that is not long enough to cover a wall, or we're doing outside corners, or inside corners. So, primarily when we're sitting up to cut outside corners or inside corners, what we want to do is we want to treat the back of the miter saw fence here as the wall and we want to treat the base as the ceiling, so we want to orient our molding so that this is the bottom of the molding, we want it actually facing up. What that allows us to do is now we can use the forty five degrees on our miter saw and we can sit up and we can cut, and I'm sitting up for an outside corner here, so we can cut that, and what we're going to do is we're going to do just the opposite, we're going to actually, for this cut, we would hold it away and make that cut. And, we'd reverse, and where we're going to cut these forty fives, we've got to reverse and make the cuts, such as that. O.k, so when we make those two cuts, as you can see, we get a ninety degree corner, and if we're cutting the inside corners, we're going to cut them just the opposite, so in other words, your angles going to go back this way. So, I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to cut crown molding.

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