Step 4: Highlight cut line with pencil

highlight cut line
Photo: David Carmack
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•After mitering the end of the crown molding, use a pencil to mark the edge on the face of the miter cut. This easy-to-see highlight will serve as your coping-saw cut line.



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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Power miter saw with 10-inch carbide-tipped blade
    • drill
      Drill/driver,
      for drilling pilot holes for nails
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic finishing nailer with 1½- to 2-inch finish nails,
      to fasten molding to wall
    • framing square
      Framing square,
      for laying out molding on walls and ceilings
    • chalk line
      Chalk line,
      for snapping installation lines on the wall
    • coping saw
      Coping saw,
      for coping molding at inside corners
    • utility knife
      Utility knife,
      for trimming coped joints
    • rasp
      Wood rasp,
      for fine-tuning coped joints
    • studfinder
      Electronic stud finder,
      for locating studs and joists
    • hammer
      Hammer

    Shopping List

    1. 4d, 6d, and 8d finish nails

    2. 1/16-inch drill bit

    3. Wood putty

    for filling nail holes



    4. Acrylic or other flexible caulk

    to seal gaps between molding and walls and ceiling



    5. Carpenter's glue

    for adhering outside corners and returns