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I'm replacing the baseboard, having laid new flooring, and am coping the inside corners. However, I'm finding I tend to break that very thin "point" on the top - either while cutting it, or when fitting to the wall.

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Should I just cut it off square? And if so, do I still back cut right to the top as that would show up?

  • Hard to say. This might veer a little to DIY.SE. Though, trim was often the purview of fine carpentry historically. – jdv Jun 7 at 17:58
  • I can repost to DIY if you'd prefer ... I tend to think hand-tools = woodworking – kdopen Jun 7 at 18:08
  • Just checked DIY and the question is over there either (not much on coping at all actually) – kdopen Jun 7 at 18:12
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    I would continue to cut the miter but be more careful when handling it so that I don't break it. If I did break it, I would save the piece and stick it back on with a little wood glue. Also, these types of "features" can sometimes be hidden with a little caulk. – Stephen Daddona Jun 7 at 20:02
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    Thanks for the clarification. Since this is essentially the norm for a true coped joint like this, following a guide or guides found online to the letter may help here — in essence I think it amounts to coping this portion at a less acute angle, so the wood is better supported at this weakest point. – Graphus Jun 9 at 16:45

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