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Cutting crown molding puts some fear into me. My dining room has been waiting for molding for several months now — it needs several inner and outer 90-degree cuts, due to doorways and HVAC runs — but I haven’t tried it yet.  The complex cuts seem like they could overwhelm you, and the lumber is so pricey, I’m afraid of making a bad cut and having to throw it away.  This Crown-Cut jig might help ease my mind.

Made by Bench Dog Tools, the jig holds the molding at the intended angle while you cut, to help eliminate errors. It only allows for 45-degree cuts. The jig attaches to your 10″ or larger miter saw and can hold molding up to 6″ wide — then you can remove it from your compound miter saw when you’re done.

The Bench Dog Crown-Cut sells for $30 — if it saves you from just a few bad cuts, it’ll pay for itself.

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9 Responses to Bench Dog Crown-Cut

  1. Kelley Nelson says:

    With this jig, it looks like you’d have to remove it and reposition it if you were going to make left or right-hand cuts?

    The cheap way of doing this is to screw an auxiliary fence to your miter saw fence. You can use wider stock to effectively increase the height of your miter saw fence if the fence isn’t tall enough to cut your chosen molding ‘in position’, as its discussed here.

    The bottom stop can be a continuous strip of wood or MDF that lays across the bed of your miter saw and is clamped down. Having a continuous strip provides some more support for your molding.

    With these stops, you’re covered for both left and right side cuts, and the jig does a nice job of helping to support the 12 foot long piece of molding while it’s in the saw.

    Paul, you should consider coping your crown molding instead of mitering it. The corners of your room are rarely square and coped inside corners are more tolerant of slightly out of square corners and seasonal wood movement.

    If you don’t want to use a coping saw, there is an accessory foot called the ‘collins coping foot’ that works on a number of jigsaws and can really speed up your work.

  2. Jim German says:

    Just remember, Measure 16 times, cut once, and then throw it away when you still somehow manage to screw it up :-/

  3. Alex C. says:

    Even with this you need to practice until you get a system down. Practice on scraps since it is so pricey. Or buy the cheapest crap you can find until you figure it out.
    Bah to fear.

  4. Eric says:

    What is so confusing about upside down and backwards??? 🙂

  5. 1200tec says:

    I own one and I like it, it saves a little time in set ups.

  6. BarelyFitz says:

    For $30 seems like a pretty good deal.

  7. fred says:

    The Collins coping foot is a favorite among my trim carpenters. We have several Bosch barrel-grip jig saws with these replacing the soleplate – and decicated to coping

  8. tooldork says:

    As mentioned earlier, most rooms are not square. First step is to determine angle which often ranges from 88 to 92 degrees and if this only does 45 degrees, I would not recommend.

    Back coping is best, but I haven’t been able to get good results. Am really interested in the jig saw jig.

  9. CJD says:

    I have one and it works. It’s way less expensive than buying the right side sub-fence and crown stops for my Makita ls1013fl.

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