I'm looking into installing crown molding in my home. I came across the
Rockler Compound Miter Jig
and it seems like it should work. This way I don't have to deal with
figuring out the angles and whatever else needs to be done. Has anyone else
used this product and does it work? Seems like $20 is money well spent if
it will save some time and frustration. Thanks...
I don't have one of these jigs but essentially build my own (which
coincidentally, is very similar to the one Rockler has manufactured).
Costs about $3 in hardware and scrap wood. I've only used it to put
moulding on a hutch but it worked well for that.
never used it - If you are trying to avoid coping inside angles, my advice,
don't. Even if you have a perfect angle on an inside corner it will
eventually open up as wood expands and contracts. Your inside corners will
look a lot better, for longer, if you cope them. Spend the $$ on a good
blade for your mitre saw, a coping saw, and a few rat tail files.
Also - "a little caulk and a little paint make a carpenter what he ain't"
Sure. It's pretty much identical to the one Rockler is selling. I
took two straight and flat boards (I used MDF) and put them together at
90 degrees. I then routed out a couple of slots on the horizontal
piece and attached a 3rd board to the horizontal one with some handled
bolts (I forget the name of them....they have a flat end that moves in
the slot below the jig and when you have them where you want them, you
can tighten them up). As for the size, that would depend on your
moulding, which saw you're using, etc.... It's really pretty simple.
Let me know if you have any more questions.
Sounds like training wheels substituting for the real thing. The other
poster suggested rat tail files. Another way to get a good cope is to
cope just shy of the line, then take a very sharp Stanley knife and
clean it up.
Anyway, I personally prefer to lay crown molding flat on the miter saw
and do a compound cut. That way there is no chance of the wood
slipping, thereby throwing off the angle. I get consistent cuts every
My first couple of forays into CM were, well, disasters. But after
making big piles of sawdust I learned how to do it pretty darn well.
As for this tool compensating for out of true walls, just cut some test
pieces from scrap.
As my wholistic medicine and spiritual faith healer advises me, "Learn
to cope", it will serve you well.
Let's see. The original poster asked if anyone had experience with this
particular item. At least four "experts" respond, all of which admit they
do NOT have this gadget but feel qualified to judge it's usefulness.
Actually, it IS worth the $20. I have one and although I've cut a fair
amount of molding without it, it makes the job easier, especially a DIYer
that doesn't do this type of work daily.
However, you still have to figure out angles. Be prepared to waste some
Where did I claim to be an "expert"? In fact, I said right up front I
had not used this Jig nor that I have installed extensive amounts of
moulding. I simply was offering a cheaper alternative that I have
used which coincidentally, is nearly identical to the jig the OP is
Good review, and maybe worth the OP's time & money to check it out.
I used this system to install about 40 ft. of very hard hickory crown
molding in my kitchen, which has a cathedral ceiling and
cabinets/soffets at several angles off 90 degrees. Once I got the hang
of the basic principles, the system worked beautifully:
You can buy the spreadsheets to figure out miter cuts online, and the
book and protractor at HD.
Here\'s some of my work:
You don't need to have tried the tool to know that no matter how perfect
an inside miter cut is made, it is inferior to a well coped joint.
You may be an "expert" on this tool, but you may want to read up on
The Rockler jig is the same as a good set of crown stops and a tall fence
on your saw and is for cutting your crown propped up. The heigth of the
back of the jig allows you to cut wider crown because it is taller than
most saw fences. If you saw lacks crown stops and a tall fence then this
jig will help. If installing crown on a slope ceiling with outside corners
this jig can not be used and the crown must be cut laying flat. The best
way to cut crown is laying flat with a proper compound miter cut to fit
the corner exactly. For complete information and tools to make you crown
job easier, visit us on line at www.compoundmiter.com
Do-It-Yourself Crown Molding & Trim: Install It Like A PRO!
Wayne Drake, President
Don't know whether his tools and methods are good but I'm troubled by his
advertising. He seems to be replying to people but I don't recall the
original posts. I read this newsgroup nearly every day and I don't recall
all of this recent interest in compound miter problems.
A quick Google using the term "molding" suggests that he's answering
posts from last Fall. Thus, he's not helping the original posters, their
projects were completed a long time ago.
Like JimL I wonder about his integrity in pretending that his comments
are more than advertising. I would not buy a used car from this man.
Used a coping saw, myself
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