installing baseboards w/unusual angle

Old 02-02-01, 03:35 PM
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We have a small area where inside corners are not at an "L" angle, but more open - the angle itself is larger than the usual inside corner. How do we cut or calculate the cuts for baseboards? Thanks a lot!
Old 02-14-01, 02:43 PM
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Coping 101

Hi Eliza. I'm surprised nobody has answered your question yet. OK, here comes coping 101. You will need to buy a coping saw at the lumber/hardware store. Cut one piece of moulding to fit into the corner at a right angle. Now, cut a 45 degree angle on the other piece as if you were going to fit it into the corner. Lay it flat on its back and mark a line along where the cut meets the surface on this piece. Using the coping saw held on about 45 degree angle in the opposite direction, cut the moulding along the pencil line. This will give you the exact shape of the moulding to fit against the piece on the other wall. You may need to touch it up with fine sandpaper to get an exact fit but take your time and you will end up with a professional corner joint no matter what the inside corner angle is.

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