a little guidance on choosing wood for making my crown molding

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Forum topic by MrBigHug posted 03-27-2015 03:57 PM 797 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2015 03:57 PM

I am looking for opinions on this wood that I have found at home depot for doing my crown molding. I have a router and table, and this seems to meet the requirements of straight grain and no knots. If this would work I would like to give it a try. Here is the link

This will be painted to match the rest of the trim. Sorry for the basic question, and if you have any other suggestions for wood besides this I would be happy to hear any suggestions. Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 04:28 PM

Furring strips usually have knots. If you are going to the big box, then you will want their “Select pine”, which is clear and usually pretty straight grain. I made some moldings for the kitchen out of it that turned out well—they were stained to match existing pine woodwork.

A better option for painted trim would be to find a local sawyer or hardwood delaer with some poplar or soft maple. Either of those species will mill out nicer than pine.

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 04:35 PM

+1 for JayT. I’m presuming you are making your own crown for the skill building effect? I have found you really don’t save much money that way. Just my 2 cents.

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 04:36 PM

Do you think a lumber yard would have better prices for select pine type wood? Not that I am complaining, 1.20 a foot is still great price for crown, just wondering if I bought 300 feet of it if they might give me a better deal

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 04:38 PM

Yes skill building for the most part, I personally don’t like the crown profiles at the store, but the router bit I got I like quite a bit.

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 04:44 PM

Depends on where you are at, as far as what any particular species would cost. Whatever is plentiful in your area will usually be the cheapest if dealing with a local mill. Honestly, 300ft is a piddling order for any lumberyard that works with commercial customers, so not much chance of a discount.

Oh, and I agree with nailbanger about there usually not being any savings milling it yourself for a standard crown profile. The only reason I did my own was because we couldn’t find a commercial profile the wife liked to go with our cabinets and existing trim.

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 04:44 PM

84 lumber sales crown from 99.00 to 1.19 per bd. ft. prime white and special order crown from 1.69 to 1.89 prime white. Various profiles and sizes. You will not be able to make for less, my two cents good luck.

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 04:56 PM

Made a bunch of crown out of poplar. good for painting.

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#8 posted 03-28-2015 12:16 AM

C&B pine, no knots, relatively straight grain. Some places might call it Eastern white pine.

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 02:13 AM

I have designed a lot of high-end theater rooms and entertainment spaces. Every time I was able to find amazing trim at custom molding shops. The Home Depot stock is pretty lame. If you want the experience, find a better supplier as suggested above. If you want the best product, get some of the engineered custom moldings available and you will be happy.

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#10 posted 03-28-2015 02:31 AM

Find a lumber dealer or building supplier. gonna cost more at Home Depot or lowes. Pine should be fine.

Checkout Matthias makes his own molding. You’ll might find there is a lot more to it than you think.

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