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Can you Cope?

I recently trimmed out a family room with new oak casing with backband,  baseboard and shoe.

It works well to ‘cope’ the shoe at inside corner. Here is a short explanation of how to do that. And then you can smile, knowing you know how to cope.

Basically run one piece of shoe long, into the corner.  Preferably run the piece that will make the joint the least visible.

As long as the corner is reasonably square (90 deg.),  the other piece get cut at 45 deg.  Then cut out the beveled area, preferably with a back bevel so it doesn’t interfere with the joint coming together closely.

use a coping saw

use 'rat tail' file

finished look of the pieces.

just slide them together.

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