Installing the Base Cap is not hard, but it is a finicky task. So make sure you allot yourself enough time so you don’t get frustrated with the pace of installing it.
This is especially important when working in a small, cramped room like this one.
Blind Corner First
My plan was to cope the base cap in the corners, so I chose the back wall first. And all I needed for that was this straight cut of base cap, CM-005.
Glue & Nail
Yes, I even glue the contact surfaces — top and bottom — before nailing the baseboard cap in place with 23 gauge micro pins.
Warning! This is a Hard Molding to Cope
When this molding is oriented this way, with the cove on top, it is extremely difficult to cope properly.
I recommend using a 45 degree miter for inside corners when using this molding as a base cap.
Making a Base Cap Return
Use a return where the baseboard terminates on top of the door/vertical stile.
Now cut the opposing outside miter from a piece long enough to sit firmly on your miter saw table.
Cutting small return pieces like this one can end with a chipped piece or one too long or too short.
Returns are important to get right because they are focal points on your installation, the eye is naturally drawn to them. So make them nice.
Test the Fit
I test the fit of the two pieces of base cap one last time before installing.
Glue and nail the base cap in place.
That’s all there is to it. Now I’ll finish the rest of the base cap installation.
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