“You should open packages when I send them, you know.”

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So yesterday we got a lot done but couldn’t reach completion because neither of us knew how to miter an inside corner on crown molding. If I’d just bought a bunch of baseboard and used that at the ceiling we wouldn’t be having this problem.

Anyway, I spent part of yesterday evening researching how you do that, and determined that it really couldn’t be done with the chop saw I was using. It seems you need a saw that can cut 45o angles in both directions, and mine can only do it in one direction.

Fortunately, I have an emergency back-up saw.

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This was my Dad’s old saw, which BB sent to me a couple of years ago. I plugged it in at the time to confirm that the motor ran, then stored it in Landlady’s barn and more-or-less forgot about it. Checked it this morning, and sure enough it should be capable of helping us finish the crown molding job. Brought it home.

There was a box wired to the housing…

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I’d seen that at the time, of course. Didn’t open the box. I just figured “other stuff” meant spare parts or other paperwork. Didn’t give it much thought.

So I opened it this morning, in an idle moment while cooking breakfast for BB and myself…

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“You really should open packages when I send them to you, you know,” he said with a shit-eating grin…

ETA: Crown molding success.

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8 Responses to “You should open packages when I send them, you know.”

  1. jabrwok says:

    There are worse things to discover. At least it wasn’t something that rots!

  2. jed says:

    Actually, you can cut crown with a plain miter. It’s much easier to demonstrate than to describe. 1st part is, you put the crown molding on the saw upside down, and you hold it against the fence at a (usually) 45 degree angle. There are stops available to help with that part. The crown molding should have a flat section on the back side, at the bottom, so when you turn it upside down, this flat is against the back fence of the saw. Nearly all crown molding will have that flat at a 45 degree angle to the centerline through the molding. The other good part about doing it this way is that your length measurement, along the bottom of the crown, will now be easily visible.

  3. jed says:

    cut crown upside down

    Money shot starts at about 4 min. in

  4. Judy says:

    Christmas in April! Kewl!

  5. Mike says:

    Have to say Joel, I don’t know your big brother but I like him, he has my sense of humor. Now go buy something pretty… :^)

    When we moved into to our first house I was conned into redoing the trim. It was a bit of a bear with an old, non mitering chop saw but somehow I managed. It’s a good thing you had the plan B, that saves a lot of grief, cussing and wasted material. The end result looks nice, you guys should be proud of your work.

  6. Goober says:

    Don’t miter inside corners. Cope them. You’ll get a better result, and it can be done more easily, anyway.

  7. Zelda says:

    Crown molding????!!!!! Whaaatttt? Curtains? Ceiling fan? Sliding barn door? Propane heater? Sheet rocked and painted walls? Chair with a side table and footstool? That’s a lot of very civilized lifestyle for a poverty stricken cantankerous old Hermit living in the middle of nowhere. Not too long until you start tending chickens in a suit.
    Who are you, and what have you done with Joel?

  8. Joel says:

    😀 I never claimed to be “stricken,” Zelda…

To the stake with the heretic!