Coped joints for baseboard

macvirtualasstApril 11, 2012

Hi All,

We are doing our baseboard trim soon. Is a coped joint where the two pieces of moulding meet necessary or can we just do miter cuts? We are having a hard time understanding why you can just join the two pieces together with a miter cut... Coping is new to us :-)

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It is now coped.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 3:34PM
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I've installed miles of trim. Started out mitering, finding the angle of each corner, halving that figure, making the cuts and then tweaking each cut(sometimes using playing cards as shims on the miter saw) to get a tight joint.

Then see that joint open up with weather changes---humidity changes/etc.

I then learned to cope.

It seems slower, but is actually faster than tweaking a miter. And, the really good part is a coped joint does not expand/contract with weather nearly as much. Most times there is no noticeable movement.

The only miter joints I make now are outside miters---coped for inside.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 6:50PM
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Thank you all and I am so sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I appreciate your input very much!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 3:27PM
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