Cutting Returns on Crown Molding

Crown molding is a great and inexpensive way to add a new look to any room. Rooms with unique shapes and odd angles can present a challenge when it comes to installation of molding. If you need to install crown molding with an end that has nothing to butt up against it you will need to cut a return for it instead. Here’s how you can do this.

Use Your Mitre Saw

Set your mitre saw to an angle of 45 degrees. Lay down the crown molding that needs to be cut across the saw surface. Mitre the end of the piece.

Make an Opposite Cut

With a piece of scrap molding, turn it around on the saw surface. You will want to make sure this will give you an exact opposite of the cut you just made. Make a cut in the scrap end at a 45 degree angle as well.

Cut the Other Ends

Set your miter to 0 degrees. Turn the scrap piece upside down so the decorative side is resting down and in front of the saw. Line it up so the saw will point at the 45 degree angle cut from earlier. Cut the scrap here.

Check for Fit

Now that you have made the cuts, check the sections for a tight fit. As long as it is solid you can go ahead and install the molding section.