|Issue #281 -February
| The Case
for Coped Joints
details can make a big difference in the appearance of a project.
For instance, in the box-beam ceiling project, one of those details
is how well the pieces of cove molding fit together at the inside
way to produce a tight fit is to cut a coped joint. With this type
of joint, one piece of molding is cut, or coped, to match the shape
of the other (see Illustrations below). The other piece has a square
end, which is hidden behind the coped end.
Since the coped end of the molding fits over the adjoining piece of
molding, a coped joint will fit tight - even if the walls and ceiling
aren't square. And unlike a miter joint, there's little chance a gap
will develop as the wood shrinks and swells.