room remodel #2: crown molding

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Blog entry by snickles posted 03-16-2009 04:57 AM 760 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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yay, got the crown molding done a while ago. just haven’t posted. what an ordeal that was. I was trying to cope the edges instead of just creating miters. The first issue i ran into was that the miter saw i was borrowing wasn’t able to hold the wood in the correct position. I tried to make a miter box to accommodate, built the entire thing (with some help) and then realized that i couldn’t get the cutting angle right. Frustrated, i go back to the miter saw, built my own fence and used clamps creatively to get the right cut. However, didn’t end up getting the right angle anyway. Coped to the best of my ability but still had to fill in a little bit. I’m still a little confused. I watched various online how-to videos about making initial cuts but i never seemed to get it right. If anyone’s got any helpful tips?
Anyway, it’s done and I’m so glad I did it.

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#1 posted 03-16-2009 09:55 AM

The important thing is to seat the moulding on the saw just like it will bed on the ceiling for your cuts (which means it will be upside down in the saw). Other than that you might explore the wonders of quick coping with a jig saw. And leave the last 4 foot of the crown unnailed to give you flexibility in tweaking its seated angle a bit to aid in fitting your cope.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-16-2009 12:46 PM

It is a little late for this job but if you do another crown install here is a jig from Rockler that I use to help me with crown molding. You can easily make one of your own but this one only costs $15.00.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Will Mego

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 03:51 AM

Ok, I’ll admit bias here, as she’s the love of my life, but she’s selling herself short here. The crown moulding is beautiful, and I have no idea how she did it, but imperfect cuts or no, the end result is pretty flawless. We all know the 6ft rule about work, but she builds everything to a 6” rule, it seems. She’s got a couple of other projects I hope she posts here soon.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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