Coping Crown Molding on Inside Corners
Coping is cutting the crown’s profile on the end of one piece with a coping saw to fit over the face of an adjacent piece of molding. Cutting a coped joint on an inside crown molding is a standard practice, because cutting mitered inside corners often results in an unattractive joint or one that will come loose over time. Coping crown is not as difficult as it may seem. Try out our simple approach.
Make the cut
First, set the miter saw’s table to 45 degrees in the direction the piece will run. In this case, to the right. Then, nest the crown upside down, as if the saw’s base was the ceiling and the fence the wall. Then, make your cut just as you would for an inside corner.
Use a fine-tooth coping saw to first cut the bottom corner square. Then, continue using the profile’s edge as the guide line. Cut off waste along the way and restart the cut to stay true to the guide line, angling the blade away from the profile. This is a technique called back cutting.
The back cut ensures there is no interfering material, so the profile fits tight.
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