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    Well, I got this accomplish on the shoe-moling job down the hallway but, sheesh, cutting those little returns on the 3650 was like trying to keep visual track of a ricochet. So, now I have some photo shelves to make out of MDF crown molding and, naturally the returns involved - fortunatley, much larger stock. I bought a PC CMS (#????) and I'm asking what the safe way of accomplishing this task would be. Any help would be appreciated.
    TIA,
    Chiz
    Later,
    Chiz

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    I usually make returns with my first cuts: first the miter then cut it off. Then glue the returns in place and finally cut the pieces to finished length. I use a zero clearance insert on my CMS and don't raise the blade until it has completely stopped.

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    • #3
      Doh! Cut return *first* ! Thanks for the slap up side the common sense, cj.
      Latere,
      Chiz
      Later,
      Chiz

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      • #4
        Another thing is, if your CMS or SCMS has a material clamp, use it. I'm assuming the rest of the stock is solidly supported? I just cut some returns for base molding and for my window sill on my brother's old Delta and figured all this out after making a few test cuts. I'll post some pics later after I smallify them for web. Aloha, and good luck! -j

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        • #5
          One of these might help. Never used one but just saw it yesterday.

          http://www.benchdog.com/crowncut.htm

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          • #6
            OK, I will show a little stupidity here. I have been cutting and installing all kinds of moldings for quite some time now. I have a little tutorial on my site to help make crown easier to cut also. What the HeII is a "return". Inquiring minds want to know. LOL
            info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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            • #7
              PapaDan – for moldings, a return is a small piece of the same profile capping the exposed end of a run. Here’s a picture of some molding I made with an attached return. It just decorates the exposed end.

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              • #8
                Oaky .. I really need to learn how to resize images. There is a photo someplace in that block of white. Sorry about that.

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                • #9
                  CJH20, Thanks for the info. I always just called them end caps. LOL Even old dogs like me can learn something, but i bet i will still call them end caps instead of returns.LOL
                  info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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                  • #10
                    Here are a few pics of a couple returns. Don't worry, I know how bad the edge looks. I'm going back to cut-in and touch up again after I'm done with the next room and the hallway. oh, btw, it's probably better to install your trim first and then do all the painting. I'm gonna try it like that on the next room. Otherwise you might have to go back and touch up by cutting in again. And as for the return, it just continues the profile of the molding back to the wall. Just another way to finish an end. I love the way mine came out. Not bad considering I haven't done this in about 16 years.

                    And about the resizing. All I have is this stupid Microsoft Picture manager on my parents' PC. My comp is still unpacked. I promise to post no more pics until I get my Photoshop back. Aloha, -j

                    [ 09-13-2005, 07:00 AM: Message edited by: Theycallmetak ]

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                    • #11
                      Try ReducePhotoSize 1.1 from JDM Cox Website

                      It’s a small program and works wonderfully.
                      Ian Wilson

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