Conquering Crown Molding
Accurate measurements, careful cuts, and the right tools make this method fast and flawless
Synopsis: Finish carpenter Gary M. Katz will tell you that there’s no great mystery to cutting crown molding on a miter saw, especially if you know the right techniques. Using a mantelpiece as illustration, Katz gives a step-by-step tutorial on his method for cutting crown molding perfectly each time, from the technique of cutting “upside down and backward,” to the modifications you must make to your saw, to the rules you need to follow to make sure your finished corners fit together perfectly.
I see a lot of woodworkers standing at their miter saws with eyes closed, holding two pieces of crown molding overhead. I know exactly what they’re doing because for years I did the same thing: I tried to visualize which way to miter the crown for each corner. Believe me, cutting crown is a lot easier with your eyes open.
I’m not a “fine woodworker,”…