06:44PM | 05/30/04
Member Since: 05/29/04
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I'm new to the "home improvement" scene, but I love working on my home. I've recently had wallpaper hung and now I'm ready to install the crown molding, trim around the bottom, and a chair rail. My question is...what is the best approach to cutting the inner and outer corners so they will butt up against each other without gaps? A neighbor told me I needed to use a coping saw for the chair rail....? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Teri


10:32AM | 05/31/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Thank-you K2! Good advice too..

I'd like to see you start at the basics though of "how to install crown molding" here:

For a beginner, I would also suggest you use the "cut in position" method. Where you hold the crown to your spring angle rather than laying it flat... it's a little easier to understand.

Also if you are using medium density fibreboard crown, which is the more stable of the paint grade rough stock available, I would suggest you just miter & use carpenters glue. Shim the corners to get good contact, the glue will hold much better as it is a stranger contact than the actual wood. Same with the scarf joints, use a 45 and glue, rather than butt joints.

The chair rail you would a little bit long for the inside 45's so that it will "snap" in and that you would cope.

Keep an eye on I am opening a retail/install store and the web site will have a lot more info on cutting & placing crown as well as tons of info on other architectural trims & moldings. I am in the process of making a streaming video of some of the processes now, and will hold classes if you live in the SF bay area.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


06:22PM | 05/31/04
Member Since: 05/29/04
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Thanks everyone for all your help...I'll definetely visit the websites mentioned for more hints and tips. Now I just have to remember to 1)...count my fingers and 2)...practice, practice, practice HA HA HA
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