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usmc93 03-03-2012 12:53 PM

Door casing crown w/ return????
Hi all, new here. I am trying to cut a piece of crown for my interior door casing top. I want it angled out (45 degree) and a return piece to the wall. I have a compound mitre saw and for the life of me cannot figure out the cuts. I have gone through a good bit of crown trying to figure this out. I have attached a photo of what I am wanting. (My piece of crown is flat on the back.)

BigJim 03-03-2012 01:40 PM

You see how the crown is sitting there on the board, see if you can bed a short scrap piece of it into the bed of your miter saw just as it sits there in the picture. See how the crown sits at an angle in your saw? Now take that piece of crown and turn it over where the top is sitting on the base of the saw and the bottom of the crown is sitting on the back of the saw table bedded in.

Place the scrap piece on the left side of the saw blade, now turn the saw blade to 45degrees to your right, now make the cut. Take another scrap piece and bed it into the saw table like you did the first piece except you want the scrap piece to be on the right of the saw blade, turn the blade to the left 45 degrees and cut. Now place the two pieces together and see how they fit, there ya have it.

usmc93 03-03-2012 02:24 PM

tried luck. Probably reading your instructions wrong. I will keep trying. Running out of scrap crown in a hurry :(

oh'mike 03-03-2012 02:26 PM

Look for a Youtube video --'cutting nested crown' should get you plenty of instructions--

On smaller crown cutting it angled against the fence is the way to do it --

Jiju1943 has given you a brief description of the technique.

Tom Struble 03-03-2012 03:35 PM

upside down and backwards:)

usmc93 03-03-2012 03:45 PM

Thanks everyone...turns out you were all right of course, my problem is i didnt have it upside down. Got it rolling now just to put it together. Thanks

joecaption 03-03-2012 04:01 PM

Make sure to use some Tite Bond II on the joint, not just tack it with nails.

usmc93 03-03-2012 04:03 PM

yea I was going to use bond, just trying to rig up a piece of wood for it to sit/mount to to the top of the existing board above the door. In case you cant tell I am a text book novice wood worker but take on stuff like i know what i am doing :)

oh'mike 03-03-2012 06:23 PM

It's fun --you figured it out and now you have one more skill---all in all a good day!

Keith Mathewson 03-03-2012 07:50 PM

That's rabbeted door crown which is flat on the top and back. Since you have a sliding chop saw this becomes easy. Take the crown, frieze & bead and glue it all together as a single piece using brad nails to hold until the glue sets. Take tape or use a pencil to mark the nail locations. Now cut the assembled entablature and make off the returns, all your miters are guaranteed to line up.

Tom Struble 03-03-2012 08:13 PM

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also a good technique for post bases and caps:thumbsup:

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