How Do I Know What To Set My Angle To On My Compound Mitre Saw When Cutting Crown Moulding?

What is a compound mitre saw?

– A mitre saw is used to make accurate cross cuts and mitres in a work place. A work shop is not complete without a mitre saw. There are certain differences between a mitre saw, a compound mitre saw, a dual compound mitre saw and a sliding compound mitre saw.

So here, a compound mitre saw features blades that pivot left and right for angled cuts and they tilt in different directions for levelled cuts. Manipulating the saw on both of its axes at once yields a compound mitre cut. Compound mitre saws are useful for picture frames, crown moulding or any other project that involves angled cuts in two planes. They offer the advantage of making compound cuts in one pass.

What is a crown moulding?

– A crown moulding is a large family of mouldings which are designed to gracefully flare out to a finished top edge. Crown moulding is generally used for capping walls, pilasters and cabinets. It is extensively used in the creation of interior and exterior cornices which resemble the door and window hoods. Crown moulding typically is applied along the seams where the ceiling meets the wall. It is most often created and placed in such a way so that it resembles a cross cut.

What angles can be set in order to place the compound mitre saw while cutting crown moulding?

  • The steps to cut crown moulding are as follows:
  • Set the crown moulding on the saw
  • Set the crown moulding in place on the mitre saw at the location where you want to cut it. Make sure to set it at the position in which it later needs to be installed, with the piece inverted and the bottom of the piece against the fence and the back of the piece against the saw.

1. Clamp the piece of crown moulding in place

Place a cleat against the crown moulding so that the moulding is right against the saw’s fence. Clamp the cleat into place; this keeps the crown moulding tightly in place as well.

2. Cut the crown moulding.

Set the saw to 45-degree angle chops. Cut the piece of crown moulding at the desired length.

3. Make an opposing mitre cut

Make an opposing mitre cut to connect two pieces of crown moulding at an outside corner. After cutting one piece of board at the 45-degree angle, remove it, and place the mating piece of crown on the saw. Adjust the saw to an opposing mitre cut, and cut the second board.

In order to search for the proper size of a crown moulding, it would be better to check that crown moulding for a 9 foot ceiling should range between 3 to 7.5 inches in height. If a ceiling is 10 feet high, the moulding should be 3.5 to 8 inches in height.

The Ancient Greeks used moulding based on the shape of the ellipse, parabola and hyperbola. The Romans continued this tradition defining spaces with moulding by updating the shape to the more modern half-round and quarter-round shapes. Both the Greek and Roman shapes are still the standard in present time. They are considered to be the building blocks of interior ornamentation, and hence are being carried forward even today.

Other types of moulding crowns include:

  • Cove moulding for right angle inside corners
  • Crown moulding for wall and ceiling corners
  • Corner beading for outside corners
  • Rosette moulding used to form corners at the top of the door
  • Quarter round moulding
  • Always under that some crown mouldings are meant for interior purposes, while the rest are meant for the exteriors.

Considering that, cut the crown moulding specifically shaped so that the usage would be completely satisfactory.