Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 5
May 2008
Installing Crown Molding

Crown molding creates that perfect transition between wall and ceiling and gives bookcases and kitchen cabinetry a truly built-in look. Installing it is a project any do-it-yourselfer can undertake.

Set Up
Overhead work is tiring so do as much as possible at ground level. Crown molding should always be full-length pieces. For long walls, create full-length material on the floor by joining two lengths together with an 18" beveled plywood splice glued onto the back. Avoid scarf joints, as they will almost always show. Square cuts allow molding to be clamped tightly end to end by wedging between opposite walls until the glue has dried. While working at ground level, prefinish (at least prime) molding to get the best results with the least effort.

Joining two lengths.
Joining two lengths of crown molding.

It's easier to work from scaffolding placed around the room than to climb up and down stepladders. Make three 8' lengths of lightweight decking by ripping a 4 x 8 sheet of 1/2" plywood into thirds, then reinforce the long edges by screwing on spruce 2 x 3s.

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