House Calls with James Tully: Cutting baseboards and crown molding

Follow along with Action News Anchor James Tully

Carpentry expert Dan Weeks is the perfect person to show us how to cut baseboard and crown molding in your home.

"So first thing we're going to do is put our initial 45 degree cut into this baseboard at the length we need," Weeks said pointing at a miter box.  It's a nifty tool, a plastic box that provides guidelines to cut a perfect 45 degree angle.

This is a simple two step process, after the initial 45 degree cut, get the coping saw and prepare to make another similar cut.

"All you're going to do is take this coping saw, come back at another 45 degree angle and cut along this white line."

The white line he's referring to is the paint or lining on top of the crown molding or baseboard.

Use that line as your guide.  Don't stress over being exactly on the line, use sandpaper to clean it up.

Now that piece will make a perfect corner against the flat edge of another baseboard.

Items you’ll need: Coping saw, miter box, table clamp, and sandpaper

Have questions? Email James Tully: James.Tully@wfts.com

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