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433 days ago

I’m in the planning stages of quite a big job, I need to make a big cornice and have found the cutter I need in MLCS, they’ll ship it to Ireland too, which I’m delighted about, but do I need to use a 38°/52° cutter for the edges or will a 45° bevel do?

I can’t for the life of me understand why you would need the 38°/52° cutter, can someone please explain?

It’s for this application


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#1 posted 433 days ago

You can use a 45 degree but the crown or cornice won’t sit on the piece like traditional crown. It will work have done it in a pinch on a project or 2.

-- frosty

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#2 posted 433 days ago

why don’t you cut the 52dwg/ 38deg on the table saw. One setting will do both.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 433 days ago

The router bit will cut both the spring angle and the 90
degree angle to it for the bottom 1/2” edge and top
1/2” face of the moulding.

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#4 posted 433 days ago

Why 38° though? Yes I could do this on the jointer or TS, but why are crown moldings made like this and not 45° angle?
Is it to compensate for perspective?
I haven’t been able to find any information on why moldings are made like this, just curious as to why, does it have something to do with cutting compound mitres?

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#5 posted 433 days ago

I think it’s a classical (as in greco-roman) thing and
perspective might be part of it to.

Crown is sometimes made with a 45 degree spring
but it’s not that common to find it an I have never
seen a moulding catalog that specified spring angles.

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#6 posted 433 days ago

Thanks Loren, I’ll dig out my George Ellis Modern Practical Joinery and see if he had anything to say about it.

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