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Easy Tips for Cutting Crown Moulding

Updated on May 4, 2011

Crown moulding is an inexpensive way to enhance the beauty of a home.  A home owner can install crown moulding and dramatically change the look and the feel of a home for about $5,000 for a 3,000 square foot home.  Crown moulding can be cut with a variety of saws including a compound miter saw, or a coping saw.

Use a standard miter saw for most 10 inch cuts.  Mark the back of the moulding at the exact spot of each cut.  Turn your miter saw at a 45 degree angle.  Rest the top of the crown moulding on the table, with the top against the fence.  Make the cut.

Use a compound miter saw for corner pieces larger than 10 inches.  The saw tilts and slides to make compound cuts.  Determine the tilt angle.  Set the saw.  Make a cut.  End a crown mid-wall by mitering the crown as if cutting an outside corner.  Return the crown moulding back to the wall in a process called self-returning.

Make templates with a few inches of material.  Use the template as a guide, if you need to cut similar pieces.  Use safety goggles to protect your eyes while sawing.  Use ear plugs to protect ears, if you are using an electric saw.  Be sure the read the instructions that come with each saw, and know how to use equipment properly


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