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Cut Crown Moulding with DEWALT Miter Saws

Cut Crown Moulding with DEWALT Miter Saws

Learn the best practices for cutting crown moulding yourself with your DEWALT miter saw.


The Noncompound Method (Vertical)

Cut Crown Moulding

´╗┐The advantage to cutting crown moulding using this method is that it does not require a bevel cut. When adjusting the saw for out-of-square corners, the user needs only to adjust the miter system instead of both the miter and bevel systems when laying crown materials flat.

All DEWALT miter saws have a tall sliding fence to support larger crown moulding nested vertically against the fence. When cutting with this method, use the crown stops to support material. The DEWALT 713, DEWALT 715, DEWALT 716 and DEWALT 718 all use crown stops.

The capacities for cutting crown vertically on each of these saws follow:

  • DEWALT 713: Up to 4.25 inches
  • DEWALT 715: Up to 5.25 inches
  • DEWALT 716: Up to 6.625 inches
  • DEWALT 718: Up to 6.625 inches

When cutting crown moulding in this orientation:

  • The bottom of the moulding (the decorative side) goes against the fence.
  • The top of the moulding rests against the table.
  • Angled flats on the back of the moulding must rest squarely on the fence and base of the saw.

 

INSIDE CORNER

OUTSIDE CORNER

Left Side:

  1. Miter right at 45 degrees.
  2. Save right end of cut.

Right Side:

  1. Miter left at 45 degrees.
  2. Save left end of cut.

Left Side:

  1. Miter left at 45 degrees.
  2. Save right end of cut.

Right Side:

  1. Miter right at 45 degrees.
  2. Save left end of cut.

 

 



The Compound Method (Flat)

When setting bevel and miter angles for all compound miters, remember that the angles presented for crown mouldings are very precise and difficult to set exactly. Since they can shift slightly and very few rooms have perfectly square corners, all settings should be tested on scrap mouldings before you proceed with your project.


Compound Method Using the DEWALT 713 or DEWALT 715 Miter Saw
  • Be sure you lay the moulding with the broad back surface down flat on the saw table.
  • You must flip the material around to cut both ends of the inside and outside corners.

The following chart shows settings for all US standard crown moulding with 52-degree and 38-degree angles, and they assume that the angle between the wall is 90 degrees.

 

INSIDE CORNER

OUTSIDE CORNER

Left Side:

  1. Lay top of moulding (decorative edge) against the fence.
  2. Bevel set at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter right at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save left end of cut. 

Right Side:

  1. Lay bottom of moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel set at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter left at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save left end of cut. 

Left Side:

  1. Lay bottom of moulding (non-decorative edge) against the fence.
  2. Bevel set at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter left at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save right end of cut. 

Right Side:

  1. Lay top of the moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel set at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter set at 31.62 degrees
  4. Save right end of cut.

 


Compound Method Using DEWALT 716 or DEWALT 718 Double Bevel Miter Saws
  • Lay the moulding with the broad-back surface down flat on the saw table.
  • The top of the moulding should rest against the fence for all cuts. There is no need to flip the material.

 

INSIDE CORNER

OUTSIDE CORNER

Left Side:

  1. Lay top of moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel left at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter right at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save left end of cut.

Right Side:

  1. Lay top of moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel right at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter left at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save right end of cut.

Left Side:

  1. Lay top of moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel right at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter left at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save left end of cut.

Right Side:

  1. Lay top of moulding against the fence.
  2. Bevel left at 33.85 degrees.
  3. Miter right at 31.62 degrees.
  4. Save right end of cut.
Pretesting with scrap material is extremely important!


Miter-Bevel Settings Chart

Miter-Bevel Settings Chart

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