How to Use an Angle Finder when Cutting Molding

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What You'll Need
Molding (available in materials like wood, plaster, foam and plastic)
Angle finder (available in plastic protractor and metal digital forms)
Miter saw or other cutting tool

If you're planning on installing molding during your next remodeling project, an angle finder is among the most efficient tools you can use to help measure and cut material at accurate angles. Here are some guidelines on using an angle finder to help cut the molding product you need effectively.

Use the Angle Finder to Measure Angles

Locate the angles where you'll be installing the molding—these are often the angles created when a ceiling meets a wall. Next, place your angle finder against the corresponding surfaces. Most models open via a hinge, like protractors. Once the finder is secure and open, you can locate the corresponding number listed on the plastic device, or read the measurement provided in the digital viewing panel.

Record the Angle Measurement

Depending on your angle finder, you may want to write down the exact measurement of the angle before you begin cutting the molding. You should also record whether the angle is inside or outside and if it's facing left or right.

Adjust Miter Saw

Adjust your miter saw settings according to the measurements and direction of the angles. Once these are set, you are ready to place the molding on your saw and begin cutting.