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Stairway molding

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Hello, I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping that I can get some help. A friend has asked me for help and I'm a little defeated. He wants to add some chair rail molding on the wall going down the stairway to his basement. He got the flat wall done okay but now he (we) are having a difficult time with the other side. The wall goes up to the upper landing where there's an outside corner which leads into the kitchen. This the problem I having, the molding angle coming upward is about 35* and the from the outside corner trim on that wall into the kitchen is a straight line. When I cut the 35* angle cut, the wood edge is wider than the trim is without the cut because of the angle.
So I can't figure this out. ThankS in advance for any help that can be offered.
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Take a scrap piece of the molding and place it vertical at the intersecting point, now draw a line, on the wall, inside and outside of the molding just a smidge past the intersecting points. Now place the piece of molding horizontal at the intersecting point and draw a line inside and outside the molding, on the wall, just a hair past the intersecting point.

Right where the lines on the wall, intersect outside the molding, make a mark on the molding. Now do the same where the inside lines intersect on the inside. Draw a line from dot to dot on the scrap and that is where you want to cut, now do the other piece the same way. Cut the angles and see if they fit, if they do you got it, if not just adjust the cut a little.

I just reread your post, are you trying to go around the corner? If you are here is a link that a friend of mine and a member here wrote about that:

I will have to put the picture on the next post.
The illustration Keith drew below is of base molding but look at the base cap how it has to level out in order to transcend the corner. That is the same way you will have to do your molding to turn the corner.


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