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Video:Install Crown Molding

with Steve Crider

Want to add visual excitement to a room? Consider installing crown molding. Watch how to cut and cope crown molding.See Transcript

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Transcript:Install Crown Molding

Hi, I'm Steve Crider for About.com Home. Crown molding is one of those things homeowners would like to add to their home. It gives visual appeal. And if you can do it yourself you can save a lot of money.

Crown Molding Basics

Before you tackle that crown molding job there are a couple of basics I need to show you just to get you going.

There are two ways to cut inside corners on crown molding. Simple miters butted together are great if you are going to caulk and paint. If you are going to stain, however, wood has a tendency to shrink over time, and these miters will open up.

Coping the joint is a more forgiving way and will help hide defects over time. I'll show you how to do that next.

Prepare the Miter Saw

This is the back fence of your miter saw. When you cut crown molding, that molding is going to rest up against that fence. If your fence isn't tall enough, you can screw on some homemade extensions like we're doing here.

Or, you can dip into the tool fund, head down to the home store, and buy a saw that has a really big fence to begin with. Because, you know, half the fun of any project is buying new tools.

Cut the Crown Molding With a Miter Saw

One of the most confusing things for someone who cuts crown for the first time is understanding that in a miter saw, when you cut crown, you cut it upside down. That means that the fence of the saw represents the wall; the base of the saw represents the ceiling.

Cut Crown Molding at a Precise Angle

A good crown job relies on precise angles. One of the most critical factors is making sure you get the molding into the saw correctly. If you have the flat portion of your crown molding flat against the fence, you're good to go.

If your saw comes equipped with crown molding stops, use them. It's paying attention to those details that will ensure much more professional results.

Cut the Inside Miter

The first step to coping that joint is cutting the inside miter. So set your saw for 45 degrees and go to it.

After you cut your miter, the next step is to get rid of this waste. If you have never done this before, a helpful tip is to outline the profile the miter with a pencil. This will give you a better line to follow with your coping saw.

Cut Away the Waste

Now, put your molding on a solid surface with an overhang. Take your coping saw and slowly and carefully, begin cutting away that waste.

Coping, if you're not familiar with it, is simply cutting away a profile of one piece of molding so it fits over another piece of molding. Finally, a little strategic sanding can help ensure a nice, tight fit.

Install the Crown Molding

Now it's time to test our work. Start first by slipping the butt joint up against the wall. And now the moment of truth--sweet! It looks like a miter, but through the years, when the wood starts to shrink, it won't open up like one.

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