Norm Abram
Q: I'm a dinosaur; when I install casing and baseboard, I make my cuts with a back saw and a slotted miter box. That works fine, but when it comes to crown molding, I can't seem to cut a joint I'm happy with. How can I get good results without using power tools?

A: Norm Abram replies: For starters, you need the right kind of miter box. Those slotted wood or plastic boxes wear out quickly, aren't very precise, and limit the cuts you can make to 45 and 90 degrees. A metal miter box frame is a much better tool. It holds a long, built-in hand saw that can be adjusted to make cuts at any angle you'll need for crown. This comes in handy when cutting the joints on outside corners, which are seldom exactly 90 degrees.
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