Crown Molding #1: New project, new skills, new toys

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Blog entry by Todd Clare posted 06-02-2010 05:00 PM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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)

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 05:05 PM

Remember upside down and backwards. Enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 05:12 PM

Exactly! Hence the reminder :)

I thought about it until I went cross eyed, but now have it straight in my head.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 05:39 PM

I picked up the “collins coping foot” for my last crown job, what a cool tool.. good luck

-- bill

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 06:43 PM

Hey Todd:

I’m also (Shortly …LOL…) going to start a rather Intricate Crown Moulding Upstairs. I KNOW how to do it as Jim says “Upside down and Backwards”. It is Clear Cherry, Natural Finish and at $8.50/Linear Foot I’m NOT to interested in making any Mistakes. BUT! It always seems to happen. Guess my Brain has a hard time with the “Okay let’s see it goes …No goes SCREAM!!!

So! I WILL be buying the “Right Way Round” “Cut it as you see it, and as it Actually goes up” Moulding Holder from Lee Valley. Think it’s $33.90. A GIFT if I cut one 10 Foot piece wrong.

Just in case you might be interested I just went there and grabbed the LINK as below.

Good Luck: Rick,240,45313&ap=1

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 08:25 PM


Can’t wait to see how this turns out! Glad you were able to build the tool collection as well. Once you get this finished, it’s back to the wine rack. In your other posting, it does seem to be staring at you, waiting to be worked on. ;)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 08:46 PM

It is staring me down. “Why don’t you love me anymore” ;)

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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