Old House Journal - - Restore -

At an in­side cor­ner, you might think butting two 45°-mitered pieces to­gether would work, but usu­ally an unattrac­tive gap re­sults. The walls prob­a­bly don’t meet at a per­fect 90° an­gle, so the miters won’t be tight—and wood will swell and shrink with changes in tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity. Caulk­ing the gap be­fore re­paint­ing ru­ins the clean joint. Us­ing a coped joint avoids the prob­lem.

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