Neat Coped Joints

Old House Journal - - Restore - By Ray Tschoepe

In a tra­di­tional home, crown mould­ing is the ic­ing on the cake. When gaps open at joints, how­ever, the ef­fect is ru­ined. Out­side cor­ners of crown mold­ing (as well as chair rails and base­boards) re­quire out­side miters. But in­side cor­ners are much neater with coped joints, which mate one length of wood to the other. A coped cor­ner fits tightly, even if the walls are out of square—the norm in an old house. The tech­nique re­quires a lit­tle prac­tice but is not hard to mas­ter, and you can whack away at the back of the coped piece with­out it show­ing.

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