Craftsman-Style Trim: Cutting & Assembling

When cutting the small return cap of the architrave bead, I slide the fences on my Kapex saw in as close to the blade as possible.

After I cut the first return cap, I swing the saw and cut the miter in the opposite direction.

I hook a tape on the long point of the miter and measure to the opposite long point.

After cutting that miter, I flip the waste over and cut a miter in the opposite direction.

I swing the saw to 90 degrees and slice off the other self-return cap.

I cut the first self-return cap for the crown. Next, I swing the saw, and cut an outside-corner miter.

I hook a tape where the long point cuts through the bottom fillet on the molding.

At the opposite end of the molding, mark the measurement on the same part of the profile, where the miter will pass through the bottom fillet.

For gluing the small self-returns to the frieze, architrave, and crown, 2p10 cyanoacrylate glue works well.

Because the glue sets quickly, I "hinge" the joint closed to align the miter.

Yellow glue provides some wiggle room for aligniing the miters on the crown molding. Hold them in place with spring-loaded miter clamps while securing the molding with 1-inch 23-gauge pins.

Once the self-returns are assembled, I glue the frieze to the architrave molding.

I secure the glued connection with 1-inch 23-gauge pins.

After applying a thin line of glue to the top of the frieze, clamp the crown to the frieze, making sure the crown is flush with the back of the frieze and proud an equal amount at each end.

I predrill clearance holes for the screws that will draw the crown to the frieze.

Regular square-head screws are fine to secure the crown if they won't be seen. Otherwise, use trim-head screws.

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