Easy Molding and Trim Work Trick: Figuring out what to do about tricky angles.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

 

In this house, there’s only one master of moldings, and that’s Chris. We have all kinds of wonky walls and weird angles going on in almost every room and Chris has always seemed to be able to get everything to fit just right, no matter what. I hardly ever have holes or gaps to fill. Really, it’s ridiculous. I’ve never quite understood how he was able to get things so perfect like he does, especially when he’ll measure out a section of wall in a bedroom upstairs and then he’ll go aaaalll the way downstairs and outside to the garage to do the cutting.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

 

When you’ve got angles that are 90 degrees, or even 45 degrees, everything’s all easy-peasy, but what are you supposed to do with the walls in these weird old houses? Get out the protractor? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

A few weeks ago, when we were working up in Kennedy’s room, I caught a glimpse of part of Chris’┬ámeasuring process and I knew I had to steal a photo of it really quick so I could share it with all of you. It’s so ridiculously simple, it’ll make you say “Well, duh! Why haven’t I been doing that all along?”

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

 

It involves an old pizza box, and scissors, and that’s it.

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

 

 

He just takes a piece of cardboard and trims it down until it fits right into the section of wall he’s working on, and then he has a perfect template that he can use to line up his saw and see if the two pieces of molding that he just cut line up the way they should. All that without having to go all the way back up and down those steep steps a million times to test if everything fits just right.

Necessity is the mother of invention!

So that’s it! Hope you find this little trick helpful! I know we’ll be using it a lot more in the near future!

Great tip! A really easy way to figure out tricky angles when you're installing moldings, trim, and baseboards.

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Comments

  1. Nancy says

    Oh my word.. I feel like an idiot. I had one of those weird angles on my kitchen cabinets and ruined almost a whole 8′ moulding getting it right. And the saw was in the same room. lol I finally settled for caulking to get it right. My son (a carpenter) saw it and when I asked how it looked he said “hmmm…” and just left the room. Guess he took my teaching “if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all” to heart. :D

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