Crown Molding Shelf

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Project by LeeG posted 02-25-2010 06:54 AM 6697 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first ‘official’ project for our house. My wife wanted some shelves for the living room and picked these out of a back issue of Wood Magazine

Well, the crown molding they had at my local HD wasn’t the same size as was used, so after burning through most of an 8’ piece, I decided to quit trying to follow the detail of the plans and follow the spirit of them. Both shelves are 7” deep. One is 38” and the other is 18”.

I ripped the top piece out of a 1×10 poplar board. I then ran 3 sides of the top pieces through the router table with a Roman Ogee profile bit. I then cut the crown molding with a 45 degree bevel with the proper length to fit below the profile I had just cut. I glued this front piece on, and after it set, I added the side pieces, gluing them in place as well. Once these were in, I cut the bottom piece to length, and ran it through the router table with the same bit, this time set 1/8” lower so as to not produce the flat lip.

I cut a piece for the back to the same length as the bottom, and with the proper height to give the spacing I wanted. I routed a long groove through the back piece, and then used a keyhole bit in the router table to add vertical slots for mounting. I glued the back to the top, then to base to the back and the bottoms of the crown molding.

I finished with a coat of spray primer, then 2 or 3 coats of a flat black paint. Once I decided to stop trying to match the dimensions in the plan, I was able to build both shelves in about 5 hours.

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 06:55 AM

Nice shelf.

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 12:52 PM

Nice molding profile, simple shelf yet looks cool and elagant!
Nice photo too.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 03:23 AM

Very nice. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 04:53 AM

Gorgeous! I agree with woodworm: Simple and Elegant.

-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa,

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 01:41 AM

I realize I’m late to the party on this one, but I just found your post when looking for things to make with my own stick of crown molding given to me by a friend. Those look really great.

The piece of crown that was given to me wasn’t milled very well. The edge pieces that would go to against the ceiling and other against the wall are not actually perpendicular to each other. Frustrating when cutting and aligning the pieces and trying to figure out why they are not fitting correctly.

I’m thinking of ripping (table saw or router table) each side that would touch the ceiling and wall so they are each a true 45 degrees. Any other ideas?

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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