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Coping Shoe Molding
Neatly mitering shoe molding has long been a challenge especially if your corners aren’t perfectly square. A Dremel rotary tool can be used to cope rather than miter molding quickly and easily for seamless fit. For this project we’ll be using a Dremel 3000 tool an EZ407SA EZ Drum mandrel with #408 and #445 sanding bands. This project can be completed using any Dremel rotary tool.
Place one piece of molding squarely into the corner you wish to trim. Cut the opposing piece of molding at a 45 degree miter. Placing and switching between sanding bands has been made simple with the easy drum. Coping is usually done with a saw but here we’ll be working with sanding accessories. We’ll be coping the piece of trim with a rotary tool by sanding the way the material exposed by the miter cut using the easy drum and #408 sanding band. The #408 sanding band is an aggressive low grit count sanding band that will allow for the quick removal of a lot of material. Begin checking the fit of the coped trim. Once most of the material exposed by the miter cut has been removed. Remove material carefully in the latter stages of the coping process. Switch to a less aggressive, higher grit count sanding band to perfect your fit. Notice how quick and easy the sanding band swap is using the tool as easy drop. Check the fit of the molding frequently.
Here’s some additional thoughts on coping shoe molding. To cope more complex molding like, crown molding try using a Multi-Max tool with a Multi-Flex spiral cutting accessory.
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