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Forum topic by Bsmoot posted 06-23-2010 02:11 AM 1366 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2010 02:11 AM

i was wondering if crown moulding was hard to make. what router bits do you use. i was thinking about
trying to play around with it i have routers ,router table and a set of bits but i am a novice just learning but i wont to put some in my bathroom and dont wont to buy it if i don’t have to

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 02:16 AM

You can buy one router bit to make crown or even do it.

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 02:20 AM

Chances are the crown mould at the store is less expensive than the wood you plan on making the crown mould out of. If thats not the issue and you just want lots of work, just draw the profile on the end of a short set up piece and use that to figure out what bits you have to cut that profile in the least amount of steps.

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 08:51 PM

I got a catalog the other day from MCLS and they had crown moulding bits in it. Some looked pretty big, so it would probably need a decent hp router or shaper.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 11:09 PM

I make my own molding out of MDF. I tried making Crown Molding once. Once. It is a severe PITA. Running it through the router 3+ times to get the shapes you want isn’t too hard, it’s cutting the 45 degree cuts on the backs when you are done that’s the pain.
I buy my Crown Molding and make the rest.
Oh, and look into corner blocks instead of trying to miter the corners. Nobody’s walls are straight or even plumb, so putting in corner blocks makes all the cuts straight. And it looks fancy too.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 04:31 AM

There is a way to make cove molding on the table saw HERE+.

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 04:52 AM

I bought crown and base bits from MLCS, and I am really pleased with how they worked. I used a 2hp variable speed router and 2 passes on the crown and 3 on the base they turned out nice. I do cut the trim a little wider then I need and trim it to size, plus there is a little sanding needed but I would recommend trying. I think if you’re making a good bit of molding you will save money too.

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 05:15 AM

Crown molding is a critical part of a design, not some after-thought decoration tossed haphazardly at a piece of work. The whole piece needs to be designed with the moldings playing important roles and those moldings need to match the size and scale of their particular uses. Still, making it is a very simple, direct and easy set of techniques. Here’s a video my business partner, Don, has available:

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