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Old 10-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #16
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Simple little tip for measuring casing that has miters at both ends----

Use a small speed square and a spring clamp---

Set the speed square on the back of the casing with the blade lined up with the bottom of the miter---spring clamp the square--

And hook the ruler on the square---

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you can do the same by aligning the short point of the mitre with the edge of the table on the saw or the arm of the saw stand. minus the clamp. been doing it this way for years with pin point accuracy
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What I do when there are mitre's at both ends is usually, mark both ends.
Say my trim is 3.5" wide I put a mark at 4" then add my measurement to that say 32.5" so another mark at 36.5"
Then cut both angles.
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On painted trim (MDF) I would cut to say 44 degree for an inside corner then if they do not fit instead of going back out to the saw I do a rough cope leaving about 1/8" with just a knife.
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Also if your tight on the top but not the bottom of a inside corner use a drywall screw as a shim.
just screw it in and leave the head out a little, screw it in or out as needed to close the gap.
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What I do when there are mitre's at both ends is usually, mark both ends.
Say my trim is 3.5" wide I put a mark at 4" then add my measurement to that say 32.5" so another mark at 36.5"
Then cut both angles.

works but more waste that way


i use the drywall screw technique for baseboard also, usually in older homes that have plaster walls. what happens in some inside corners is that the plaster is proud of the 1x4 that is nailed to the bottom plate.. so when you nail the peice it wants to suck in and goes out of square with the face of the 1st peice of base
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1/2" waste - When doing double mitres you'll end up with more waste on the other end then that!
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one more question...for door casing...install top piece first then the sides?

Ive seen this done but others like the left side first, top then right side
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I do top first then sides.

On the sides I measure to the point, find it easier.
Actually if doing lots of doors I will cut my right and left side ahead of time and long, then take a set to each door.
Hold them upside down with the tip on the floor making sure not to push it in to the carpet if already carpeted. Mark the bottom with a knife then cut them off flat on the bottom. Find this faster then pulling a tape out for each one and swinging the saw back and forth from left mitre to right mitre.

Do a version of this with the windows also.
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install the top first, it doesnt matter if you install the left or right next. reason for installing the legs 2nd is so you can adjust the peice of casing to keep the reveal on the jamb consistant. and its easier to tune the mitre without having your piece become to short.

one other thing is if you are using a thick casing make your reveal on the jamb larger such as 1/4", reason being if you go with a small reveal the hinges will bind up on the casing and the door wont operate properly
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I always cut and install the two legs first and the top last. For the sides I measure off the floor to the top jamb on both sides and add 1/4" for the reveal.I then cut that short point on both side pieces. I install them nailing from the bottom upward and leave the top 16" or so not nailed. Once the legs are up I then measure the outsides of the legs at the bottom and cut that number on the long points of the top piece and then install the top piece while adjusting the sides where it was not nailed for a tight fit.

edit, for small interior doors I will sometimes pre measure and pre build the door casings and then install the pre built casings...


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