How to Cut Crown Molding Corner Blocks

Crown molding corner blocks are a popular decorative option. Apart from providing an elegant and classy look to your room, they are relatively easy to install, and quite affordable too. They also have the advantage of being easy to complement since there are a number of decortaive options available using crown molding. If you would like to try to install them yourself, you will most likely need to cut them so as to make them fit your requirements and the space you have available. The cutting process is not that difficult as long as you follow some basic steps, and use the appropriate tools. 

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Miter saw
  • Coping saw
  • Crown molding blocks
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Protractor
  • Finish Nails
  • Metal file

Step 1 - Measuring and Marking

First of all you have to record the necessary measurements. You may find it helpful to hold a piece of the crown molding against the wall so as to get a better idea how it fits and what it will look like. Consider how far it sticks out of the wall, and the length that you will require. Make any necessary markings, which will help you out during the cutting stage. You need to make sure to check the outer corner angle, and the inner corner angle, as you will need these to make the cuts.

Step 2 - Preparing the Miter Saw

In order to cut crown molding you will need to use a miter saw or a circular saw. You will need to set it at the correct angle.

Step 3 - Cutting the Crown Molding Block

Then, place the crown molding block on the saw bed. Carefully lower the blade and make the cut.

Step 4 - Coping

This step can be skipped. If you would like to make any curved cuts in the crown molding, you will need to go through what is technically referred to as coping. This stage is a bit more complicated, but in case your walls' corners are not that accurate it is the best alternative for installing crown molding. You will need to use a coping saw.

Step 5 - Filing

If you followed the steps well you should have ended up with an accurate corner. If there are any imperfections, such as not a precise fit, you should try to trim the crown molding so as to make it more accurate for the walls' corner. In such a case you can use a metal file to shave off any extra amounts on the side. You need to end up with a piece of crown molding block that will fit in snuggly and neatly in the walls' corner, and along any adjacent molding pieces. You could try to stick it to the wall with some double sided tape, until you make the necessary markings which will indicate the adjustment that needs to be made, or else have someone hold it for you.

Step 6 - Nailing

Finally you can nail it into place to complement the remaining crown molding strips, and enjoy your crown molding block addition.