Instead of spending $10-20 on a commercial wall shelf why not make your own from a strip of crown molding. If possible take a piece of the molding that you want to duplicate and go to the Router Bit isle at your local supplier and physically lay each Bit alongside the molding looking for a match. First, I take a scrap piece of crown molding and set it against the wall and ceiling. Simply slide the shelf over the wall cleat in the opening you created earlier and screw the top of the shelf directly into the wall cleat (not the wall itself) using 2″ wood screws and a power drill. Next we used wood glue to cover the edges of the molding and pressed them together at the corners.
Mopping the crown molding would have burnished the grain, making it take less stain. If you have rooms with low ceilings, Federal style or Early American style moldings will help make your room look larger. The designer has the 4″ sub rail then the crown attached to that, but there is no mention of the 2″ pieces. Every time you cut a miter (whether for coping or outside corners), you’ll set the crown upside down against the saw’s fence.
You can use the traditional installation method requiring miter, cope and scarf cuts or use the corner block installation method which allows you to install the moulding using only straight cuts. Wood supplies: MDF amount will vary based on the size of your TV, Crown Molding again amount will vary, and 1 2X4. Crown molding is one of the most popular ways to add character to a home and it is also one of the most economical changes you can make. Like hanging a frame, you want to attach the crown molding in places where your wall has a stud.
Judging by the pile of scraps this happened a lot… luckily, when it mattered, I was subconsciously smart enough to mark the board and didn’t have to bust into any of my extra molding. Crown molding is an aesthetically pleasing way to join the wall and ceiling of a room. It is possible that with a little creativity (and some planning) for you to make several different styles of your own Crown Molding that is specific to the needs of your projects.
I am going to show you how to frame a bathroom mirror using a miter saw , but if you don’t have access to one, don’t fret: you can totally get this project done without one (I’ll show you how to do that, too). Setting the saw on sawhorses or a stand is only practical if you can easily move it around. Adding skinny molding to the bottom of average sized moldings can make the entire molding seem larger, thus making your room feel smaller and less daunting. KC Crown Molding’s foam crown molding is unlike any crown molding on the market.
Once the right molding and placement has been decided, preparing the moldings beforehand will save time and effort during and after installation. Check the fit against a scrap piece of molding to reveal any gaps that need to be trimmed. Joining the pieces for combination molding is usually done by butting them together and then caulking to hide the seams. There’s a diagram on it’s front face that shows the proper set up for cutting inside and outside crown molding.
While this option increases costs and thereby decreases your return on investment, it will save time and help to ensure your crown moldings look the way you want them to. Additionally, considering the cost of extra materials needed in the event that you make DIY installation mistakes, hiring a contractor may actually save you money in the end. While I was making the above wrap Paul was filling the gap at the return with scrap molding and glue. Whether you’re installing crown molding, chair rails or baseboard, coping is faster than finding the right miter angle through trial and error.
Use the molding to frame built-in room features such as fireplaces, entryways, recessed shelving units, or around kitchen cabinets. For cutting miters in sprung crown, build a plywood jig that holds the crown upside down and mimics the wall-to-ceiling junction. Now this is a pretty typical piece of crown molding and it could go right up in the corner just like this. To cut this, I set a zero clearance in my table saw and set the blade to a 10 degree angle. The cutting was nothing fancy- he just used a miter saw to cut at a 45 degree angle. If you want to make a new molding that resembles an existing one, you must find the router bit that is similar to the markings on the molding.
To make the molding, you simply draw its profile on the ends of a blank and then cut away the waste, using the drawn-on profile to set the fence and blade height for each cut. The biggest advantage I find is being able to do my own molding without wondering if I can find it on the shelf or have to wait for a special order and pay a bunch for shipping. Made for use with stamped metal ceiling panels, crown molding made of tin or aluminum is lightweight and easy to cut. PVC molding can be used in kitchens and bathrooms in which moisture may be an issue.
And to make things worse, the room I’m doing the molding for doesn’t have any parallel walls (to improve acoustics)…so this will be a tough one. I usually use an angle finder, divide the angle in half, and use the compound-miter or miter saw and a jig to make a first cut of reasonable quality. Crown molding is an excellent home improvement project because it creates a classic, elegant accent wherever you decide to install it. And it provides real aesthetic value to your home for many years to come. When you cope a joint, you scribe the end of one molding to the face of the other.
And depending on the skill level of amateurs that ask for advice, i might recommend those nice inside/outside corner blocks that make all the crown cuts then become square!! The corners of a room usually aren’t perfectly square, so you’ll have to use test pieces to find the exact angle for each corner (Photo 3). The crown molding tips and techniques shown in the rest of this article will help you install the wall rails. Then we measured (twice), cut, and installed the molding the exact same way we that did our ceiling.
In order to accomplish a compound cut, the miter saw fence must be able to be put up in a position where the miter would be cut and at the same time the blade will be slanted to be able to trim a bevel. Bringing ceiling paint color down along the walls helps make tall walls look shorter. It helps to have an extra set of hands here to hold the molding in place and level it as you begin nailing it to the bookcase.
This will help you decide whether or not you need to adjust the height of the router bit up or down. Installing MDF moulding using corner blocks is very similar to installing decorative hardwood moulding using corner blocks. I barely had enough time to get the shelf hung before Jacque started bringing in the accessories. I added rubber base molding on the top surface to give additional resistance to whatever I cut and have clamped an LED swivel head desk lamp next to the jig because being able to see what you are cutting certainly increases the odds of success.
Crown moulding has both vertical (rise) and horizontal (projection) aspects to consider. Touch up the raw edges with a light coat of finish and fit it between the corner blocks. I never used the table saw method before and was a little scared to try it.these moldings were too large for a router bit to make. To make the final section, attach the second 1 x 2 to the top of the 1 x 6 using wood glue and nails through the top of the 1 x 2 into the edge of the 1 x 6. I again used 1.5-inch 18 gauge finishing nails in my nail gun for that. All of KC Crown Molding’s foam crown moldings are American made and is Class A fire rated.
The seam between the two pieces is sanded with an 80 grit sanding block followed by 120 grit to make the union invisible when painted. You may want to use molding made of MDF, which is a combination of wood and resins and comes pre-primed and ready to paint. If you decide that your crown molding should have a thickness of 2 inches and a width of 5 inches, procure the wood at a home improvement store in pre-cut boards. I used a drum sanding drum, wrapped with foam and sand paper, and just went back and forth and back and forth until all of the saw kerfs were gone.