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    I want to cut my own crown moulding.

    Im building a small corner cabinet to hold a couple dozen liquor bottles.
    Nothing fancy, Im not qualified to build anything that good, but its a box and it will be on legs.
    I messed up already back from vacation one day and I already glued up the top the opposite way, with the ends front and back, not on sides.
    (Ill make do, I dont want to waste wood)
    I want to use some 2.5 inch oak and cut a simple crown moulding on my table saw.
    Couple questions. should I rout out a little design using the router first then run it through the table saw at somewhere around 40-45 degree angle cut?
    Should I cut it first, then rout it, nothing fancy, maybe just one bit to give it adrop of shape, handheld router, so I cant do much fancy work.
    Any suggestions on how to creat a simple crown molding to meet wall to top of cabinet would be appreciated.anyone whos done it and can show me a few steps, would be very helpful.

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    I've only made crown molding a couple times, but I cut it on the saw first, then rout any additional profiles into it using the router table. Then, finally, I cut the bevels into the back to make it sit at the proper angle.
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    Allen,

    You're a braver man than I am. I've seen tons of articles on cutting crown on a table saw, but have never dared... have to keep the workpiece down on the table, keep it moving from side to side as it goes along... my mind keeps going to all the bad things that could happen. I'd much rather do something like that on the router table. Good luck, and *be careful*!

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    cutting a "cove" on the tablesaw is really quite simple and safe, the blade is only exposed at the beginning and end of the cut so don`t put your hands there.......lots of articles written about coving on the saw suggest using a single fence, i prefer to use one on each side of the workpiece just to help eliminate the chance for human error......no matter how you rig your fences be sure to use a standard kerf blade and take small bites (1/16th or less)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    cutting a "cove" on the tablesaw is really quite simple and safe, the blade is only exposed at the beginning and end of the cut so don`t put your hands there.......lots of articles written about coving on the saw suggest using a single fence, i prefer to use one on each side of the workpiece just to help eliminate the chance for human error......no matter how you rig your fences be sure to use a standard kerf blade and take small bites (1/16th or less)
    Tod,
    That's exactly how I've done it.

    Allen:
    Go to Rockler's website, and take a look at their cove molding jig - then build your own. If you're only gonna make one ot two pieces of the same size, you don't need the jig to be adjustable, so just nail/screw it together in the size you need.
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    Cutting my own crown moulding

    Is Allen cutting crown or cove moulding? He mentioned wanting to cut his
    own crown moulding at the beginning of the thread. I don't have any sug-
    gestions as I have not done this before but I do know that simple cove
    moulding can be done on the tablesaw but I'm not so sure about crown.

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    Sorry I just couldn't help it.

    If you mould it just right it will fit even your head.
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    yeah but it wont look so cute on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Farmer View Post
    Is Allen cutting crown or cove moulding? He mentioned wanting to cut his
    own crown moulding at the beginning of the thread. I don't have any sug-
    gestions as I have not done this before but I do know that simple cove
    moulding can be done on the tablesaw but I'm not so sure about crown.
    You're sorta right... The tablesaw cuts the cove, and then you can cut other details using the tablesaw or a router. Some crown molding is a simple cove; others have decorative elements in addition to the cove. Simple edges or grooves can be cut on the tablesaw, or even with a hand plane. More decorative features require either molding planes or a router - preferable a router table.

    Of course, if you're feeling flush, you can get a big honkin' shaper, some custom-cut knives, and a power feeder and make the whole thing in one pass.
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    Jim said, in part: "....daw...." Wats a 'daw' ?

    He also said: "Of course, if you're feeling flush, you can get a big honkin' shaper, some custom-cut knives, and a power feeder and make the whole thing in one pass."

    Good. Or you could take it to Tod's shop. I'm sure he would welcome the business. Just watchin' his super-honkin' big shaper at work would be worth the price.

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