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Old 01-30-2007, 07:24 PM   #16
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I started the project today. Somebody call a w-a-a-hmbulance please

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I started the project today. Somebody call a w-a-a-hmbulance please
Don't get frustrated....Take your time. if it get's to be too much for your patience, take a break and come back to it. If you need more time, take a day and go back to it....

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Old 01-30-2007, 07:58 PM   #18
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I had hoped to be able to use a miter box and hand saw, however no matter how I tried, the cut didn't stay true from start to finish.

My measurements were accurate but I found it impossible to clamp the material sufficiently to keep it from flexing and moving while I made the cut.

So tomorrow I'm going to purchase a 10" compound miter saw and I've decided to put molding throughout the house so that will help justify the cost.
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I had hoped to be able to use a miter box and hand saw, however no matter how I tried, the cut didn't stay true from start to finish.

My measurements were accurate but I found it impossible to clamp the material sufficiently to keep it from flexing and moving while I made the cut.

So tomorrow I'm going to purchase a 10" compound miter saw and I've decided to put molding throughout the house so that will help justify the cost.
Now you are thinking like a contractor .....

(New job = reasons to buy new toys....er, I mean new tools)
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I agree totally. I don't even like to go to the mall any more, I haunt Harbor Freight, PepBoys, HD and Lowe's now LOL
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By the Poster's statement of the room's shape: Oblong

Assuming that this room is in fact oblong: All 4 corners slightly curved.
I take his oblong term to mean rectangular, because of his comparisons of the wall lengths. "oblong" just means that the shape had two sides that are longer than the two other sides, a rectangle and an oval are both oblong figures.
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Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom regarding how to join 2 pieces of molding to make a longer piece?

As luck would have it, my long walls are 98 1/2" each. The moulding is 84" in length.

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Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom regarding how to join 2 pieces of molding to make a longer piece?

As luck would have it, my long walls are 98 1/2" each. The moulding is 84" in length.


If atttaching on the wall itself: We do them at about the 33.5 degree mark with glue. We also do the break over a stud. I like to use a brad nailer to attach and 'lock' the 2 pieces of trim together before driving them into the stud....

If attaching together prior to installing on a wall or ceiling:
If the peices are large, that's altogether diferent..and we use bisquits and glue for that.

I am sure that there other suggestions to come...

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I take his oblong term to mean rectangular, because of his comparisons of the wall lengths. "oblong" just means that the shape had two sides that are longer than the two other sides, a rectangle and an oval are both oblong figures.
That does seem to be the case here...
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As Alanticwbconst said make sure to join them over a stud so they wont pull apart. I use 22.5 degree and place them out of the main focus. When I first started out colored wood putty was my best friend. Smear it in the crack wipe the wood off with a dry rag.
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As Alanticwbconst said make sure to join them over a stud so they wont pull apart. I use 22.5 degree and place them out of the main focus. When I first started out colored wood putty was my best friend. Smear it in the crack wipe the wood off with a dry rag.
We actually like to use a small container of water and a DAMP rag or damp sponge....the results are MUCH better than using a DRY rag....

The water container also helps keep the rag or sponge clean...so it does not smear old putty(on the rag)....and cause visible 'build-ups' of OLDER putty residue - from the rag....
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This project is nearly through and I'm looking forward to applying molding elsewhere in the house.

Many thanks to all who replied. I'm grateful for all the help, I've learned a lot and gained a new miter saw in the process.

I've also learned that oblong and rectangle are not necessarily synonyms, and that I wished I had paid more attention to geometry when I was in high school!

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