Crown molding solution

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Blog entry by Don Butler posted 10-29-2016 03:49 PM 1701 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Installing new crown molding in a 200 + year old house is a challenge at best. There are simply no 90ยบ corners anywhere. But the drawing above illustrates yet another conundrum. Someone in the dim past simplified an outside corner wall with a vertical corner molding. Good for him. Not so good for us.
If I just butt the crownmolding to the outside corner bead it will look like drawing #2.

I wanted a solution that wouldn’t call for stripping off the vertical corner molding but which would leave a satisfactory, if not elegant, appearance.

So I decided on a corner block that would be fitted over the vertical molding, but which would allow the crown molding to simply butt up against it.
Thusly, drawings #3 and #4, showing the proposed new block.

That’s my plan.


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#1 posted 10-29-2016 04:07 PM

you may want to check out the Joy of Moldings website. He has several pretty good solutions for installing crown molding.

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#2 posted 10-29-2016 04:25 PM

I normally follow the surface around the corner molding. To me it adds a lot of interest.

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#3 posted 10-29-2016 10:13 PM

If opinions you seek, here’s mine. What jbay has there looks very good. Although, before I saw that, I thought, “that’s the ticket.” However, on an old house, Don, yours looks a little blocky. A little too industrial. You might try photographing that area of the house, then photoshop both into it. The one that calls attention to itself is not the one to use.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-29-2016 10:15 PM

And this is where the schmuck who talks like he knows anything about it clicks the “add to my watchlist” button.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 10-30-2016 01:41 AM

I wish I could do it the way jbay says, but two main impediments stand in the way.
1. The junction between the walls and ceiling are too crooked.
2. My skill at making outside corners with crown molding are not up to it.

I do appreciate the approach,though.


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#6 posted 10-30-2016 12:44 PM

how about shortening the outside cr ?

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#7 posted 10-30-2016 01:27 PM

If you don’t want to try what jbay described, then cut your pieces as if the column wasn’t there and then cut around it. If this is all white painted, rememebr caulk is your friend. If you’re having problems nailing the crown up, rip boards at a 45 and screw them up in the corner, then when you nail you have something to hit everywhere.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 10-30-2016 02:45 PM

Looks good, Don, it’s the reasonable solution I think. Finishing up a drill press table modification here in Anchorage. In La Conner I made a small wine rack that fits in the bookshelves at the end of a kitchen island. I will post that when we get back there in January.

Have a good day, good to see us old timers still ticking.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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