A Quick Guide to Cutting Crown Molding Using a Jig

A Crown Molding Cutting How-to

The time has finally come for Matt and I to install crown molding in the Rebel House – yay! After nearly a year, we are almost finished! I’ve always found crown molding a little intimidating… There are a lot of fabulous crown molding cutting how-to articles on the web – a couple of my faves are from The Design Confidential and Sawdust Girl. I had purchased the Crown Pro from Kreg Tools quite awhile back and decided to give that a try.

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First and foremost, let me state that the instruction booklet will become your best friend! It is very clearly written and easy to understand. It includes diagrams on inside corners and outside corners, as well as instructions on how to measure the wall corners.

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Start by using the Angle Finder tool (the grey tool) to find the spring angle of the molding. The three common spring angles are 38°, 45°, and 52°. (The crown we purchased was 38°). There is also an adjustment nut on the bottom of the Crown Pro jig to set it at the same spring angle as the molding.

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Use the Angle Finder to measure the wall corner so that the saw can be set to match the correct angle.

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Make the cut…

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Then install the crown molding. Honestly, we are awful at it but then again, there is a fabulous product on the market to fill those gaps called “caulk”…

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As with any crown molding cutting how-to, there is a bit of practice involved. I used the jig to cut crown molding for a couple of shelves and the corners came out perfectly!


This is not a post sponsored by Kreg Tools or anyone else. I purchased the Crown Pro with my own money and thought I share my experience with my readers. I do still need to practice with it!!

Originally posted 2014-01-16 08:00:58.

  • I think you did a great job! I have read (and seen) so many crown molding horror stories that I’ve never given it a try. I want to, however, because I love the way molding looks in rooms! So, thanks for this tutorial!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Jessica! I’ve avoided it for so long because I was afraid the corners wouldn’t match – and they didn’t but not as bad as I thought they would be!

  • I really like the look of crown molding. It takes a little practice but is not difficult to do.

    • CherTexter

      Hello, there! I like the look of it, as well. It doesn’t look too bad for a first time install!

  • You are a champ to experiment with this! I didn’t know this was called crown molding, Cher. So many old houses and bungalows here have a variety of designs and it looks great. Our house doesn’t 🙂

    Thanks – whether I’ll actually get around to trying what you share I don’t know, but I feel very happy to know it is possible!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks, Vidya! I was really nervous about it – I always want to make sure everything is exactly right!

  • LindySez

    Love the look of crown moldings. Now I can do it for reals!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much, Linda! I was surprised – it was easier than I thought it would be!

  • vinma

    Looks great for a first timer! Crown molding had always fascinated me and it looks rather difficult to make too! But it really adds class to the ceiling 🙂

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Vinma! We are really pleased with the results and I may practice on a few shelves

  • I wanted crown molding in my first house SO badly. Now I just feel too busy to think about it!

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