Last weekend I proceeded to work on the dining room by installing crown molding around the ceiling. I already built and installed bookcases that went on either side of the sliding glass doors a couple of weeks ago. Now I needed to complete the look by installing crown molding at the top.
Before I began, I watched a YouTube video with Tom Silva of This Old House to give me the idea of how to cut the molding. The trick was flipping the board over and cut the trim upside down. Clamping a board on the saw table helped kept the trim at the proper angle.
The molding around the bookcases wasn’t too bad as the sides were 90 degrees to each other. However, when I ran a piece down the one side of the dining room to the hallway, is when I got tripped up. I may be able to hand cut dovetails, but a trim carpenter I am not. I have no idea how they cope one end of the crown to fit perfectly, then make a perfect cut nine feet away to make a tight corner to a wall that is out of square. I gave it my best attempt and attached the crown to the wall. I then tried to figure out the other angle the other piece of trim would need to be to make the corner look nice. However, every cut I made was way off. I tried about a dozen times to make it work with no luck. I became so frustrated, that I decided to quit Saturday afternoon and reconsider continuing with the room or just take everything down except the crown around the bookcases.
I woke up Sunday morning and decided to give it another shot. I messed around with the other side of the crown molding for a couple of hours until I was satisfied with how it looked. Below is a picture of the finished corner. I had to shave a lot of the molding away with rasps so each piece would match. I probably should have sanded the pieces better, but I was so frustrated with it I said “screw it”!
Fitting the crown for inside corners was a bit tricky as well. Even after I coped the ends, I had to file the back of the molding so that it would fit in place. However, after practicing coping a few times, I got better at it.
This was the final piece I cut to finish the job. It was a bit tricky as I had to cut the trim at the correct length as well as perfectly cope each end so everything fitted nicely.
After everything was done, Anita started to apply the first coat of paint. Next I’ll be working on the chair rail and the faux wainscoting molding squares I made a couple of weeks ago. I’ll throw up a few pictures of the finished dining room and hallway when I’m done.
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I know what you mean about cutting long lengths of crown and getting the length perfect. I call caulk “the woodworker’s friend” or at least the trim carpenter’s friend. I had to caulk most joints when I did this. Good luck with it. 🙂
That piece caused me to drink Saturday night. Haha. I’m happy with the way it turned out. I’ll be the only one who notices it.
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I’ve also been having trouble installing my crown molding. It seems like the second or third time’s the charm, eh? I’m glad that you were able to get your crown molding right the second time around. Hopefully I’ll be able to get mine fitted correctly soon.
If you’re doing outside corners, there’s a tool that trim carpenters use to find the correct angle to set their miter saw to. However, I didn’t want to spend the money on a tool I’ll probably only use once or twice in my life.
True, but if that’s what’s needed to get the job done, then it must be worth it to spend some money on a tool that will do the trick.