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Offline Ajax

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Just coped crown molding with this....worked great
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:16 PM »
I just added crown molding to a small bathroom. My wife loves it and it came out great.  This was my first crown molding experience.  I followed Gary Katz’s book on finish carpentry and made a coping box and coped the left end of each trim piece (the bathroom has only 4 inside corners). My Kapex with multi-blade extensions and a sacrificial crown stop worked great.  The coping was done with this baby...

https://www.amazon.com/Proxxon-28534-Jig-Saw-STS/dp/B0012BG7WQ

It comes with an optional rounded base that is basically a coping foot. You do need to buy a 12v Proxxon transformer for it, but I already have a few of those. I have larger Bosch jigsaws, but I didn’t want to spend the bucks on a coping foot since I already had the Proxxon (I bought a bunch of Proxxon tools for my kids to use on craft projects).

What makes this tool effective is it’s very small size.  I found it easy to manipulate.  And since I was cutting pine molding it cut through it easily.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2018, 07:23 PM by Ajax »
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Just coped crown molding with this....worked great
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 08:37 AM »
I've been using the Carvex with a Collins Coping Foot for the same function.  That said, I can see how a small, light tool like the Proxxon could be quite useful. 
- Willy -

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Offline RKA

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Re: Just coped crown molding with this....worked great
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 09:31 AM »
I actually prefer a jigsaw with the coping foot.  The larger blade hogs away the waste much quicker and I’m able to maintain a high level of control.  I’ll usually get within 1/16-1/32” of the cut line then finish the edge with a rasp by hand (completely unnecessary, but the extra minute is not a big deal to me).  I’ve never tried it with a smaller machine, but I imagine the smaller blade wouldn’t not allow a side to side “sweeping” action, so you would be limited to a scrolling cut along the line, which may be where it is more advantageous than a clunky jigsaw with a thicker blade.
-Raj

Offline wwb119

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Re: Just coped crown molding with this....worked great
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 11:31 PM »
Ajax - congrat's on bathroom crown, you're the family hero now !    I've also been following Katz instructions (on youtube).  I've been using a 12V Bosch jigsaw and a Collins coping foot.  Like RKA, I get fairly close with the saw, then I use sandpaper molded to a trim scrap (Katz) to sort of flush sand the finish.  I agree a couple extra minutes seems to make the fit much better.
I'm a beginner at crown;  it's satisfying when it turns out.  good luck ....