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
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
|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.