I need some suggestions on how to join crown molding and door molding
and floor molding.
I don't own a fancy tool that will cut biscuits or any such thing.
But when I join sections, I'd like the joint to disappear when
Proper cut, proper cut and proper cut along with a little glue and a
brad or two.
Properly cut is a little art and a lot of measurement.
Get a book that covers crown and other molding and it will give you the
specific instructions. Note: changing humidity and temperature are
problems. Having some painters putty handy is a good idea.
Patience. Lots of patience, and a decent mitre box or powered equivalent. I
find the non-electric tool to be more useful because the saw's blade is
thinner, so you can make finer corrections. If you need to remove "a hair's
worth" of wood, it's easier. Disclaimer: I've never used a powered mitre
saw, and I'm sure there are people who can do fine surgery with them, but
It's standard procedure to shave off 1/32" or less with a chop saw.
The width of the saw blade has nothing to do with the accuracy of a
correction. Claimer: I use both power and hand tools, prefer hand
tools, but use what works best.
Since you're painting it you have lots of options. If you truly want
the joint to be seamless, then you're looking at gluing the joint
(polyurethane or epoxy) and then sanding and/or filling. Prime the
trim and fine tune before finish painting.
Try a 22-1/2 degree. you don't get as long as cut. Also, if you're going to
have to overlap, start in corner away from main entries, and finish with
pieces closet to majority of traffic flow . It's commonly done with
interior use and exterior use such as siding.
Actually, my daughter installed the crown molding in most of the
house by laying it flat against the wall. But I am going to do at
least one small bedroom where I have to use the coping saw, like I saw
on 'This old house'.
I would like to address this to all of the replys above. There is not any
reason that making a perfect fitting joint in any trim/crown should be a
trial and error or even a coped joint. Most of the books on trim work
still use the coped method. There is one book however that actually tells
the beginner (and the pro) excatly how to make the perfect cut for any
corner including installing crown on a sloped ceiling. Also, free online
tech support is available from the book author. Visit us at
www.compoundmiter.com if you would like to know exactly how to use that
expensive compound miter saw as it was intended to be used.
Do-It-Yourself Crown Molding & Trim: Install It Like A PRO!
Wayne Drake, President
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