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MAR/APR 2002
Volume 45/Issue 2

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Cutting cove moldings
From Charles Hofele, via e-mail:
I'm trying to cut some cove moldings at a 45 degree angle without success. I've tried laying it flat on my saw table with my miter set at 45 degrees -- upside down at 45 degrees, all with no success. How can it be done?

Cove molding is made with “flats” on the back...on both sides of the board's width. One of these flats should rest against the ceiling...and the other against the wall (both) to hold your molding at a 45-degree angle when installed.

If you want it to fit properly when you place it in position, you'll have to CUT it when it's sitting at that same 45-degree angle on your table saw, power miter saw or cut-off saw.

Therefore, when you make your cuts, you'll have one of these flats resting on your saw's table surface...and the other against the face of your miter gauge (or power miter box's back fence)...holding it at a 45-degree slant as you pass it through the blade. If your miter gauge's face isn't high enough to allow this, attach an auxiliary wooden face to it before making your cut.

Hopefully your molding isn't so wide that your table saw doesn't have sufficient depth-of-cut to do the job. If it is, you may have to purchase a large, manual miter box to make these cuts.

This should solve your problem.

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