The molding that you normally see at the boundary where the wall meets the ceiling is normally referred to as crown molding. Traditionally, crown molding is used as a decorative structure since a plain boundary for the wall and ceiling can be quite dull and unappealing, not to mention making flaws that happened during the painting or wallpapering of the walls visible. This being said, whether you want to install it for a decorative purpose or to hide flaws at the corners or boundaries, you will need to know the intricacies of the molding’s installation. Well, the process of installing the crown molding is fairly easy but you may find some difficulty at the corners. This will be where knowing how to cut the molding at the proper angle comes into play. Here are some tips on this.
- Prepare what you need. Aside from the crown molding, you will need to have a handsaw ready. You will want to use a miter box as well. These are the materials you will need if you want to do it in a more cost-effective manner. However, using these tools will have you doing everything manually, most especially cutting the molding at an angle. If you have the dough for it, you might want to invest in a compound miter saw, which is a saw that is automated and is perfect for cutting at angles. This may be expensive but if you are going to install molding for every room in your house, the cost may be justified. Furthermore, if you are looking for precision, then you can’t go wrong with his investment since it has presets to cut at angles hence; all you have to do is set the angle on the tool and it will cut that way until you change it.
- Make the cut. If you are using a miter box and a hand saw, what you want to do is to use the miter box as a replica of the wall and ceiling boundary. Place the molding inside the box with one end flush on the wall side and the other flush on the ceiling side. This will create a right triangle. Position the handsaw in the slot angled at 45 degrees and start cutting. Cut two pieces of the molding so that it will meet at the corners. You will have to rotate the box about 32 degrees or so and angle the handsaw at about 34 degrees for the cut. If you are using a compound saw, all you have to do is set the angle on its preset and make the cut with it.
- Installing at the corners. Now that you have cut the crown molding at the specified angles, start installing the two molding pieces so that the corners of the room will have molding in a seamless and continuous manner.
This is the basic process when cutting the crown molding for a room in
order to have a seamless flow all throughout the entire shape of the
room. Bear in mind that these specifications are good for rectangular or
square shaped rooms. If the room is shaped differently with a lot of
outside corners, then you will have to reverse the angles to cut.