Set-up guides are mounted to the tool for error-free operation.
Be sure to load the moulding upside down. The fence risers should extend to the top of the moulding, just enough to support it. Both mating surfaces on the moulding should fit as closely to the tool as possible. Tighten all screws, knobs, and bolts before use. Store the risers in the down position when not needed for larger moulding.
Crown/Cove Cutting Jig
Cutting crown molding doesn't have to be difficult. Crown-Cut eliminates the complication of cutting crown and cove molding, giving you perfect miters, every time. What's the secret? Crown-Cut holds the molding at its intended angle while you cut it. No more compound cuts and tedious trial and error. Before Crown-Cut, miscalculated compound cuts produced sloppy miters that screamed for caulk and paint. Even if you're using the coping method for inside miters, Crown-Cut will prove useful for the initial cuts. For a professional looking job, cut your crown and cove the easy way.
With Crown-Cut you must use the "upside down and backwards" cutting method. This means you always cut the moulding upside down. To understand why we cut the moulding upside down, it may help to visualize the miter saw table as the ceiling, and the the miter saw fence as the wall. In other words, imagine that it's the saw that is upside down, not the moulding. Why it's also called "backwards" is because the left piece on the wall is the right piece on the saw, and the right piece on the wall is the left piece on the saw. This makes sense because you're cutting the moulding upside down. In other words, left is right, and right is left. Be sure to always cut the moulding upside down and follow the cutting guides on the tool.
Please consult the many DIY books and articles on installing moulding, as this is beyond the scope of the Crown-Cut owner's manual. Also, be sure to check our website for new information about this tool. We can tell you from experience that most mistakes happen from incorrect cuts or incorrect measuring. Crown-Cut is your solution for incorrect cuts. You are the solution for incorrect measuring. Measuring twice and cutting once is always good advice. For more accurate results, use the help of another person when measuring your moulding lengths.
Four Basic Cuts
There are four basic cuts you will make with Crown-Cut: INISIDE CORNERS (90 degree), OUTSIDE CORNERS (90 degree), LEFT OVER RIGHT SPLICE JOINTS, and RIGHT OVER LEFT SPLICE JOINTS. Splice joints don't always fit perfectly because of differences in your moulding's profile. Staging the overlap of the splice joint to fit your room will help hide the differences. A good rule of thumb to follow is this: if you entered the room and could see the splice joint to your right, use the right over leftsplice joint. If you entered the room and could see the splice joint to your left, use the left over right splice joint. If your walls are out of square, adjust the angle accordingly. Be sure to test fit using scrap pieces of moulding. Before cutting, read the Safety Rules.
Read These Safety Rules Before Cutting:
- Keep hands at least 4 inches from saw blade at all times.
- Always cut the moulding upside down.
- Always position Crown-Cut on the miter saw so the tool clears the blade path by at least 1/2 an inch.
- Hold tool and moulding securely against miter saw fence.
- Allow the blade to come to a complete stop before lifting the blade and removing the moulding.
- Provide adequate support for long pieces of moulding.
- Don't cut or recut pieces shorter than 7 inches.
- Never cut cross-handed.
- Always wear safety glasses and ear protection.
- Don't wear loose fitting apparel.
- Be sure saw blade is sharp and properly installed.
- Avoid cutting nails and knots.
- Read and follow your saw's owner's manual and safety warnings before using this tool.
- Don't remove cut-off pieces before the blade has stopped.
- Childproof your workshop with locks and master switches.
- Disconnect power before servicing or changing blade.
- Always keep the blade guard in its factory condition.
- Only use cross cut finishing type miter saw blades.