I’m a trim carpenter who prefers to cope crown molding rather than cut inside miters. I use a variety of tools to shape the cuts, and one of my favorites is my little Makita grinder. With an 80-grit wheel, I can back-cut a piece of crown with speed and accuracy. This is especially important when sculpting the belly, or the big central curve, as shown in the drawing . I also use my grinder for fine scribe cuts on cabinets, doors and trim. It’s the perfect tool for a situation where I don’t have good control with my belt sander.
Chris Solberg, Corte Madera, Calif.