Step 3: Make a Tight Fit

shave the back of an angled cut to create room for the two corners to come together
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Using a rasp or sanding block, shave the back of the angled cut to create room for the two corners to come together tightly at the face.

TOH Tip: Because straight butt joints are so easy to hide with this molding, you can cut the pieces shorter to make it easier to work.
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    Tools List

    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box with hand saw
    • putty knife
      6-inch and 1½-inch putty knives
    • rasp
      rasp or sanding block
    • hammer
      hammer
    • grout sponge
      sponge
    • angled sash paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. Plaster-coated Foam Molding
    Get 10 percent more than you think you'll need, to accommodate offcut.

    2. Joint Compound
    Lightweight, easy-sanding premixed compound is best. A 1-gallon container will cover about 60 feet of molding.

    3. 8d Finishing Nails
    To support long runs of larger molding profiles as the compound dries. 4. 150-grit Sandpaper

    5. Painter's Tape

    6. Primer and Paint