How to Cut a Return on Crown Molding

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Cutting a return on crown molding is when the crown molding terminates in the middle of the wall and requires a finishing piece to look polished. Cut a return on crown molding using a compound miter saw 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 a return on crown molding. Now in some rooms where we are putting crown molding up if you do not have a regular terminating point as far as being able to stop in a corner or actually have a room that has four inside corners where you are going to actually put the crown molding all the way around, this is common in a lot of contemporary homes where you have open spaces so if you have a den and a breakfast area and a kitchen that is all joined together you may just want to put crown molding in your den but you have no place to stop the crown molding then we can cut what we call a return. Now I am going to demonstrate on this smaller molding which approximate to a crown. A regular crown will essentially be something like this but for demonstration purposes we'll use this. So what we want to do is we want to set up our compound miter saw so that the back represents the ceiling and the base represents the wall so with this position we will go ahead and we will cut our 45 degree into our crown and then for the opposite side we will actually swing our compound miter saw around to the other 45 degree and we'll cut our return piece. So now as you can see when we hold the molding together in the orientation so again where the top part here goes against the ceiling and the bottom part goes against the wall. We have got a good 90 degree. So now all I need to do is to mark the inside edge of the molding and then I can lay my molding down flat and line it up on my saw so I'm right on that edge. So now when I cut this piece off as you can see it terminates the end of the molding. I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to cut a return on crown molding.

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