How To Cut A Crown Molding With A Miter Saw?

miter saw cut crown molding
​Having problems cutting that crown molding with a miter saw? No need to worry. Cutting a crown molding with a miter saw is not only possible, but it can be done in record time. The task at hand is tricky since you would need to pay attention to minute details like those compound angle cuts, but you would be fine. I have been in a similar situation in the past. I was making a lot of horrendous mistakes initially, especially when positioning the crown molding on the base of the miter saw, but I got better with practice. And that is what you need; a mix of practice and patience.
This piece was created to ensure that cutting the crown molding using the miter saw becomes something you enjoy doing. Let’s get started!
  1. ​Miter saw
  2. Crown molding
  3. Pencil
  4. Tape
  5. Safety goggles
  6. T-square
  7. Crown stop

​There are two methods of cutting the crown molding using a miter saw. One method has the crown resting at an angle against the fence of the miter saw. Another method involves letting it lie flat on the table of the miter saw and adjusting the blade to cut through the crown molding. If you are still new to crown molding cutting, the 1st method is less technical with much less possibility of errors compared to the 2nd.

​How To Cut Crown Molding with a Miter Saw ​- Step by Step Instructions

​To guarantee your crown molding fits the space between the ceiling and wall precisely, we created these step-by-step instructions. Adhere to these instructions, and you should have properly cut crown molding in no time.

​Method 1

  • Step 1: Support the Miter Saw on a stand of reasonable height
how to cut a crown molding with a miter saw

To ensure the miter saw performs at an optimal level, it needs to be supported on a stand of adequate height. If you don’t have a support stand, you might have to build one.  

  • Step 2: Position the crown molding on the miter saw

Once your miter saw is set, place the crown molding on the table of the saw. The ideal setup should have the lower part of the crown molding touching the fence of the saw. To ensure you don’t forget the positioning of the crown, you should place a piece of tape on the fence of the miter saw and write ‘bottom’ on the tape.
It is important the exterior edge of the lower part of the crown lies flat against the fence. Then you lock this position of the crown molding using a crown stop.  Anything contrary to that would earn you a bad cut.  
In the absence of the crown stop, you can ensure the right position of the crown molding is set by placing a piece of tape on the base of the miter saw and marking the line on which the edge of the crown’s lower part lies flat on the fence, but this is usually liable to errors.

  • Step 3: Calibrate the miter saw

Before you make that cut, you have to calibrate the miter saw accordingly. To do this, you have to raise the angle adjustment lever since this part of the miter saw allows you to alter the angle the miter saw cuts at. Firstly, with the lever raised, adjust the table of the miter saw to the 90° mark. Use the square to ensure the cutting angle is set at 90°. This guarantees a perfect cut every time.

  • Step 4: Cutting the crown molding

For the crown molding to fit between the ceiling and the walls of your home, you will need to make two sets of cuts – outside and inside cuts. To make these cuts, the cutting angle has to be adjusted to 45° using the miter scale. With the crown molding appropriately poised (i.e the ends of the crown in the line of action of the miter saw blade), turn on the power switch, and bring the blade down on the wood. To make an inside cut on the crown, the cutting action of the blade is carried out along the length inwardly. While for the outside cut on the crown, it is the reverse.
While cutting the crown molding with the miter saw, avoid applying too much pressure on the blade. If you do so, the cut obtained wouldn’t be a clean one as the edge of the crown would come out jagged.

​Method 2

​In case you don’t have a crown stop to keep the crown molding in position or have a crown molding that is rather wide to fit within any conventional crown stop, method 2 exploits the functionality of the miter saw to your advantage.   

  • Step 1: Setup the miter saw

Place the miter saw on a stand that allows you to maneuver the miter saw controls without straining yourself.

  • Step 2: Place the Crown Molding on the Miter Saw

Unlike in the previous method, you don’t have to set the crown molding to a particular orientation, but the bottom side of the molding must be against the fence. Just let the crown holding lie flat on the table of the miter saw against the fence.

  • Step 3: Adjust the cutting angle of the miter saw  

This will depend on the side of the corner you intend to create on the crown molding. For the left side of an outside corner, you would have to adjust the blade to the left. The miter lock handle and the handle should help you in this regard. The cutting angle of the miter saw should be adjusted to 33.9°.

  • Step 4: Adjust the miter table
    Swing the miter saw table to the left with the miter scale reading 31.6°. Usually, you should see a mark on the angle.
  • Step 5: Make the cut

With everything ready, turn on the power switch. Gently, notch the cutting blade in the direction of the crown molding.
For the right side of an outside corner, the top part of the crown molding has to be up against the fence. Also, the miter saw table and blade position is adjusted to the right but the angles remain the same.


​We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. The miter saw is a powerful tool and would help you in cutting the crown molding accurately. It is important you don’t forget to don your protective goggles to avoid visibility problems.

​If you have any questions or suggestions that could prove helpful in this topic, do let us know as soon as possible, and we will drop you a line. And if you enjoyed this tutorial, please share.

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