Tips for Cutting Decorative Molding

Installing a decorative molding in your home can add beauty and charm to your house. The usual use of a molding is as a decorative trim, but it can also be utilized to hide flaws in your house construction. However, cutting the material can intimidate most homeowners. Although there are many specialty tools that are available on the market, each one of them is limited to their specified applications. Here are a few tips.

Cutting Decorative Moldings

When cutting decorative molding, cut backwards and upside down. Use a miter saw without giving a tilt to the blade. Prop the molding against a rigid support then set the miter angle. If you are going to use a compound miter saw, lay the molding face up with its back flat on a support. If you are required to use your miter saw like a plain saw, you have to set your tilt to zero. cutting angles on the other hand will require setting the blade tilt and miter.

Cutting for Corner Joints

When two walls meet perpendicularly, consider the angle they create. It should either be 90 degrees for an inside corner and 270 degrees for an outside corner. When cutting crown molding angles for an inside corner, cut each of the two pieces at a 45 degree angle. This will allow both ends to meet cleanly on the inside corner. A 135 degree cut would be needed for each of the molding sections for the external corner.