Cutting oddly-shaped crown molding on a miter saw is always a little tricky. Besides holding it firmly in place, you also need to make sure you’ve got the molding properly registered against the saw so that the compound angle you painstakingly calculated and dialed in on the saw transfers to the molding — and your walls. One solution, at least for those of you who own Bosch’s axial glide saw, is a crown-specific stop kit.
Bosch’s kit includes crown stops which install on the left and right side of the saw. They’re essentially a couple of brackets with a slight lean to the edges, which make holding whatever shape you happen to have in place easy; they simulate the junction of the walls where you’ll install the trim. You also get a set of mounting knobs and hardware.
Bosch notes that the stops “position out of the way on the tool when not in use,” but we can’t see exactly how that works. We suspect that unless you’re a pro and plan to cut nothing but molding, you’ll probably end up installing and removing these for specific projects, but that still sounds like a pretty decent idea to us. How often do you cut just one piece of molding? At least in my experience, I either cut no molding or a bunch of it. Hell, you should see some of the crazy shapes in my house. One room has at least six odd-angle meetings of walls.
We’re not seeing these available via Amazon or most of the major resellers yet, but it looks like the whole kit should cost about $20-$25, which is pretty much what other similar products cost. For that kind of money, it’d be worth having one just for a single large project.