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Thread: Crown Molding Cheat Sheet

  1. #1
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    Crown Molding Cheat Sheet

    This summer my son and I were going to put up some crown molding. Neither of us had done it before. And, neither of us had ever touched a miter saw before. We did a lot of searching and found a lot of information about crown molding but there was always something missing. We just couldn't find everything we needed in one place.

    So, we constructed a cheat sheet that put everything we needed in one place.
    (1) All the joints we planned to make.
    (2) How to set the saw for each cut
    (3) Which piece is the good one after the cut.
    (4) We decided to use coped joints for nostalgia reasons


    We think it is a lot of good information in one place. Since I have gotten a lot of good information from this forum over the years I though we should give back a little. So, please see the attached image. We hope this can be of some use to other amateurs like us.

    For all of you that have real experience, please check to make sure this is correct. In particular the Bull section. We didn't know we needed that until we were doing an outside corner and discovered a fan grill was in the way. We did the Bull by the seat of our pants and wrote it on our sheet. Later I threw away that sheet so I had to recreate the Bull from memory for this image. We already returned the miter saw so I couldn't test my recreation.

    We hope this helps others.

    Comments and corrections please.

    Thanks

    PeteClick image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Pete Cal; 12-01-2014 at 10:37 PM.

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    Pete, looks like a useful sheet. I did some Bull corners on my kitchen but where they ended at a 45 instead of a 90. Have some pictures of the final project? Would love to see it.

    BTW...Welcome to the family!
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Hi Pete. Welcome aboard. Glad you found us. Nice work on the sheet, but I'm not much of a trim carpenter so can't offer constructive comments.

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    Welcome Pete !!!
    Pretty neat sheet. I don't do any crown molding either but a bunch of folks here do.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    At the price per foot of some moulding you do not want to make a mistake.

    Nice chart.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    I cut my crown flat unless it is real little stuff.
    "Do, or do not. There is no try."
    -Yoda



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    Hi Pete. Welcome to the forum. Putting up crown right now for the first time. Yes, that's useful.
    AKA Young Grasshopper Woodworker
    AKA The Rookie

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    Thanks folks.
    Just paying back.
    Can everyone see the images I pasted into the image well enough to see the joints?
    If not I could (perhaps) put references to larger images.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Brogger View Post
    I cut my crown flat unless it is real little stuff.
    When you say flat, how do you fit a corner inside or outside?
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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    Instead of leaning the crown up against the fence, I do a compound mitre. Bevel is 39º and the angle is 31½º I think for 38º crown. I don't remember, I always have to look at the chart on the saw. So if the bevel stays leaned one way, you switch your angle and alternate whether the top or bottom of the crown is against the fence.
    "Do, or do not. There is no try."
    -Yoda



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