We painted the bedroom recently and decided to put up crown molding.
Our house is 100 years old, and the Home Depot stuff just wasn’t getting us excited. We finally found a place here in Denver that specializes in old style moldings, since they’ve been in business since the moldings were originally created. Turns out we liked one of their in-stock moldings, so I’ve got 56 lineal feet of it ready to be put up.
You can also see the cutting jig I made with the very explicit “ceiling part goes here” kind of instructions that keep me from screwing it up. True I could have used the compound and not bothered with the jig and cope, but in my experience, nothing in this house is plumb or square, so math goes out the window and the coping saw becomes a very valuable tool.
I also added a fine tooth blade to my miter saw—it had the construction grade blade on it, and it would have hacked the profiles something aweful. With 90 TPI, this one should be nice and smooth (and from the test cuts, it is!)
It wouldn’t be a new project without a new toy, so I picked up the Porter Cable pancake compressor with the 3 nailers: Finish, Brad, and Staple. It was on sale the day I went, so I just couldn’t NOT come home with it. While specifically getting it for the molding, I’ve already been using it on a ton of other jigs, quick assemblies (like the risers on the sawhorses in the above pic), etc. and am really happy with it so far. Once I get more mileage out of it I’ll post a review.
FYI, they DO ship it with the drain valve open, and they don;t tell you that—after the compressor running for 45 minutes with no pressure gain, I figured something was wrong, and that solved it. I’ve heard reviews that it’s loud, and that’s very true, but it’s not terrible and I’m not going to be using it nonstop, so so far, so good.
-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)