Tips for Cutting Crown Ceiling Molding

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What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Compound Miter Saw
Ceiling Molding
Wood Glue
Brad Stapler or Nail gun

Cutting crown ceiling molding is an easy task to accomplish for most any do-it-yourselfer. Because the ceiling model angles upward at the top, and ceiling molding does not lie flush or flat against a wall like other types of wall moldings, the task requires attention to detail.

Practice making cuts on a scrap piece of wood to make sure that you have mastered the cut. This will reduce the amount of wasted cuts and frustration with not having completed the task properly. Home improvement stores and community centers often offer being offer courses that can provide additional tips and suggestions on how to properly cut ceiling molding.

Step One - Measure the Ceiling for Angle Cut
Take measurements of the ceiling to determine the angle the molding will be cut. Depending on the height and elevation of the ceiling, this angle may differ so it is good to obtain measurements. If you are unsure about how to obtain the cut angle, consult with a home improvement professional where you purchased the molding.

Step Two - Set Up the Miter
Set up the compound miter saw for an angle cut. This cut will be made on each of the ends of the crown ceiling molding. A compound miter saw is a tool that is used to cut molding. It is preferred because of its ability to make crosscuts and swivel into place. You can purchase a compound miter saw from a home improvement center or rent it at an equipment supply store.

Step Three - Make the Miter Cuts
Place the molding into the saw backwards. The crown lip should face downward and upside down. The placement will allow you to make a cleaner cut and join the pieces together for a perfect fit.

You will make two cuts, one for each end of the molding. There is no need to feed the molding through the saw after the first cut; simply adjust the arm by swiveling it to position over the second cut and you will be ready to go. Repeat this step for each of the four molding pieces that will be placed on the walls.

Step Four - Sand the Cut and Attach the Molding
Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the rough cut and dry fit the pieces to make sure that they match. Having practiced beforehand will ensure that you are comfortable making miter cuts. ??Once you have fit the pieces together, affix the molding to the ceiling using a brad stapler or nail gun. Join the corners by placing a small bead of wood glue on the end and stapling it together with the brads.