How to Cut Corner Moldings

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Cutting corner moldings requires using a miter box or a power miter saw and cutting the pieces at a 45-degree angle for either an inside corner or an outside corner. Cut crown molding for a corner 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 am going to talk to you about how to cut corner molding. Now there is two basic cuts we have. We either are cutting for an outside corner or for an inside corner and the principles are pretty much the same for doing it either way but what we have got to do is make sure we get our right orientation. A couple of things we can use, we can use a simple miter box such as this and if you notice I have got a piece of carpet pad underneath this wood block that I have got the miter box attached to. That is just a good tip because what it does is allow you to use your miter box without it slipping on you. The second thing we can use is we can use a miter saw, power miter saw such as I have got over here. Now what we want to do is we want to take our molding and we want to make sure that we know what the orientation is so what I'll do is I will hold my molding where this surface goes up against and then if I am cutting an outside corner then what I am going to do is I am just going to do a pencil mark to make sure that I know which way I want to cut this. Now I can come over to my saw and when I hold my molding up and I have got my line then I can set my saw at a 45 degree angle in the direction of my line so I can get that line and then if I am going to make the opposite cut all I have got to do is swing my miter saw around and make the other cut. So now when I put this together you can see it forms a 90 degree and I have got an outside corner. Now the principles are the same using the miter box, the only thing I am going to do is I am going to orient the molding against the miter box and then use a draw saw and line it up that way. If I want an inside corner then I am going to do the same principle but I am going to mark my inside corner which is just the opposite so outside corner is this way and inside corner would be this way and that is all there is to it. I am Tim Gipson and that is how to miter corners.

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