Miter or coped crown
I like to cope the left end of inside corners when I do crown molding. One day some years back, I got the brainstorm of cutting all four lengths first and installing them one after the other. After accurately measuring each of four walls, at the ceiling, by measuring in from one corner and marking a whole number, then measuring back to it for a precise measurement. I wrote the measurement under where the crown could cover it. My chop box was in the room, and I could visually read the measurements and also stay focused on the cuts I was making, upside down in the chop box. I labeled the back with it's number, 1-4. The first wall was butt on both ends, the next two were cope and butt, and the last wall was two copes. To my joy, they went in like butta. I also like to make light pencil marks on the wall about every 5 feet using a scrap of the crown. I can see both sides of the scrap and place it flat against the wall and ceiling. When I follow the line and adjust while nailing, the corners are always at the same height. Try it sometime, real quick.
Last edited by stevenj; 08-08-2010 at 08:24 PM.