DIY Tutorial on How to Cop Moldings
When two pieces of trim meet at an inside corner, you could miter the joint, but most professional carpenters prefer to cope. An airtight coped joint is easier to produce: It doesn’t require the perfectly square corner that a mitered joint needs. A coped joint is also less likely to open up after a few seasons of expansion and contraction.
Although you need a miter saw for coping, the only specialty tools you need are a coping saw and an assortment of blades, A 15-tooth coping-saw blade is the best all-around performer, especially for simple chair rails and baseboards But you’ll want 18 teeth (or more) to negotiate the intricate cuts that crown molding requires.
When installing a new blade, make sure the teeth face forward (the same as a standard handsaw) and tighten the blade securely.
Here are suggestions from pros on how to cop moldings:
- Step By Step DIY for coping moldings
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- Patiece and a steady hand while coping moldings and everything will be fine