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Crown Molding Angle

There are two ways to cut a crown molding angle. The flat method and the nested method.

The “Nested” Method:

The first method is cut crown molding upside down and at an angle, sometimes called the “nested” method. To do this it is best to make a “stop” to hold the crown firmly in position. Click here to watch a video showing how.

The advantage to cutting crown molding using this method is that no bevel cut is required. So, when adjusting the saw for out of square corners, you only adjust the miter, as opposed to both miter and bevel, as when laying the crown flat.

The “Flat” Method:

This is by far, a much more difficult way to cut crown. There are very few scenarios that would require you to use this method, however there are times when you must, and when those times arise you will find this crown molding calculator very useful.

Regarding the flat method, DeWalt has this to say:

“When setting bevel and miter angles for all compound miters, remember that: The angles presented for crown moldings are very precise and difficult to set exactly. Since they can shift slightly and very few rooms have exactly square corners, all settings should be tested on scrap moldings.

The following two charts show settings are for all U.S. Standard Crown Molding with 52° and 38° angles, and assume that the angle between the wall is 90°. The chart at the end of this article lists the appropriate miter-bevel settings for both 52°/38° and 45°/45° Ceiling Wall Crown Moldings with angle-between-wall ranges of 67°-179°.”

To learn more about cutting a crown molding angle using the “flat” method visit

Protractors and Angle Finders

A very useful tool is a Protractor or Angle Finder. In fact you will have a hard time using the “flat” method without one.

By using a protractor you can quickly find the angles required for your saw settings. The best ones are the Bosch DWM40L Miter Finder 16-Inch Digital Protractor, or the Starrett 505A-12 ProSite 12-Inch Dial Protractor.

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