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How to Cope a Joint for Crown Molding

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to cut tight-fitting inside corner joints

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to cope a joint for crown moldings.

Steps:

1 Make a miter-cut on the end of a length of molding.
2 Take a pencil and darken the leading edge of the mitered end.
3 Cut along darkened edge with a coping saw, angling the blade back as you follow the curved profile of the molding.
4 Smooth out the rough edges of the coped cut with sandpaper or a round file.
5 Install a square-cut length of molding first, then butt the coped-cut piece into it to form a tight-fitting inside corner joint

 
 

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