Originally Posted by Chris Johnson
Coping vs. Mitering
is seperating the men from the boys
Not everyone can cope, even on paint grade it keeps the joint tight and prevents most cracking
I agree completely (110%) - word for word.
If you are a DIYer, and have the time and patience, it is definitely an area to delve into and practice on, as you will learn some of the basic skills of carpentry.
To explain my perception a little (It's not a rule, just my own approach, based on the work we do, and skill levels of DIYers):
Some DIYers may have difficulty trying to do cope cuts when starting out, and will do better just mitering their cuts, until they gain more confidence and get comfortable measuring, cutting, and eyeing - wood work.
On the work we do:
Custom high-end work and certain projects deserve
cope cutting on the trim work, whether painted or stained.
I was actually, a "cope-cutting" is-the-only-way-to-go
person for years, until we started doing alot of multi-unit, water damage repairs.
These have to be done very quickly(Last month -we repaired twenty units in one week)
Certain repair work, that must be done quickly
, especially where the rest of the house (or multi-unit building) has mitered basic-painted-trim work: I feel that you're OK to miter the new paint-grade work.
So, we do it base on the parameters of the project.