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Old 02-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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I'm going to be installing this base molding and I have two questions What type saw would I use to cut the corner angle? Could I use a miter? I have to buy one anyway for my crown. How do I get the measurement for the corner angle so I cut it right? It's a 90 degree corner. What type nails should I use. I have a porter cable compressor and nail gun and it came with 16 gauge 2" nails. Thanks a lot
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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#1, I would not be using MDF trim, but ha it's your house.
Since your also going to be cutting crown I'd buy a 12" compound miter saw.
Best way to fit base is to always cope the joints.
Coping will give you a tighter fit and less likely for gaps to open up.
If you make the cuts at a 46 deg. angle only the exposed tips of the trim will be touching and they will fit tighter.
I use a Starrett 505-7 for figuring odd angles.
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Like joecaption said, cope inside corners. You can buy a copeing saw but I found it a little tricky so I just use my scrowl saw and it does the same thing. YouTube how to cope base molding that's how I learned how to do it and it looks great once you get the hang of it.
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Well I bought a hand miter...only $8 and I only have about 14 cuts. Hope it works ok
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I'll bet after the first few cuts you'll want to throw that thing in the trash.
To sloppy, the blade will flop around, no way to adjust the angle, with a cheap one like that there's not enough set on the blade so it's going to drag instead of cutting.
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for mdf base mitre cuts for inside corners are perfectly fine. mdf is a engineered product and much more stable than real wood it doesnt expand and shrink with humidity.
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If you have to ask how to cut a miter I would avoid trying a cope. Watch some youtube videos. Be careful of plumbing and pocket doors with your 2" nails, try to hit studs. Get good with a caulking gun
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Yeah, power chop saws are cheap enough, buy one. If you plan on doing any form of remodeling/upgrading this will be one of your most valuable tools. Handsaw miter boxes are garbage. The one thing I hate on the internet are DIY blogs from people that have no business giving advice. On "Hipster Chick does Crown Molding" blogspot, here I cut all my crown with a handsaw and look at how great it is. I only used 7 tubes of caulk and I painted it with thickened cows milk, aren't I amazing. Before you cut, nail or paint, read the multitude of credible articles and watch the professionals on YouTube. Now to the OP, what I wrote above was to be funny, but with you not knowing the extreme fundamentals of carpentry, I assume you are doing this on a whim and got a bit ahead of yourself.

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