Coping Moulding and Trim


This course is offered in partnership with MTCopeland.    Learn coping crown moulding, joint techniques, and the mindset needed to make beautiful trims with lead carpenter, Aaron Butt. You’ll finish the course with a grasp of three different tools: hand coping saw, the grinder, and the table saw. Spanish subtitles available.  @ HomePrep is a National Leader in online education. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.



Aaron Butt has been in the trades for over 20 years, primarily in the custom, high end architect driven building market on the north shore of Boston Massachusetts. He is passionate about excellence and the craft of custom residential building. Having also spent time teaching a full-time carpentry program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Aaron fully embraces his desire to continue teaching what he knows and learning from others who have gone before him.



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Course Description

Learn coping crown moulding, joint techniques, and the mindset needed to make beautiful trims.

Course Outline

Course Overview – Your instructor, Aaron, is a finish carpenter working in Massachusetts. Here he welcomes you to the course and discusses the importance of craftsmanship and pride in your work.

Types of Trim – Aaron explains the functional and aesthetic purposes of the three trims used in this course: crown moulding, chair rail, and baseboard.

Mitering vs. Coping Crown Moulding – Sometimes it’s better to miter mouldings for an inside joint, and sometimes it’s better to cope crown moulding. Learn how to miter crown moulding as Aaron explains the pros and cons of both options.

Measuring & Cutting Crown Moulding – Aaron shows you how to accurately measure, cut, and miter a piece of moulding in preparation for coping.

Coping with the Coping Saw – Carpenters have been using the coping saw for hundreds of years for a reason. Learn how to cope crown moulding by making relief cuts and back cuts with the original coping tool.

Coping with the Grinder – When working with extremely hard wood or large quantities of copes, an electric grinder can make your life a lot easier. Learn to apply the same principles of the coping saw to a power tool so you can get more done in less time without sacrificing quality.

Coping with the Table Saw – Done safely, coping with the table saw is an efficient way to move through a lot of coping work in short order. Aaron shows you his technique for safely and quickly coping crown moulding on the table saw.

Adaptable Systems – One of the secrets to being a successful carpenter is knowing how to adapt to changing work environments. Aaron discusses how to apply different methods of coping crown moulding to various scenarios you might encounter on the job site.

Learn & Love the Trades – The combination of hard work, pride, and an eye for beauty is what creates craftsmanship. Aaron discusses the idea of craft and how to learn from your mistakes as you grow as a carpenter.

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