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06-20-01, 05:21 PM   #1  
Can someone tell me how to miter corners? I am new to this remodeling-do-it-yourself-business and I think that I have it figured out but I want to make sure. There is no information at my local library about this so I really need your help. Don't I simply measure the length of my molding and angle the ends at opposite 45 degree angles, making sure that the next piece of molding is angled to fit the previously cut one? Is it that simple?

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06-21-01, 08:24 AM   #2  
Not quite.
You need to use a power miter saw for a much more precise cut than a miter handsaw (too much play). Rent one, if you have to. You'll be glad that you did when you see the difference.
Use a coping saw or sharp utility knife to shave off the backside of the 45s a bit to make them match up precisely.
Practice with some scrap molding at first, until you get the hang of it.
Good Luck!

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