make your own crown mouldings #1: some pizzaz to my work

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Blog entry by patron posted 06-01-2009 03:47 AM 4054 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i made this crown moulding a few years ago to highlite an arch i made here in the house .
since then i am working on another one and only have enough left from before for 1/2 the arch , so lets make more !

start with as many layers of 3/4 material as you want to stack , the parts can be offset so you can save material .
for attaching to upper cabs or projects i let the lowest one stick back . that way i have a fin to attach down to tops with .

.rip your pieces , and do any tooling . groves ,coves , ogees , vees .
i dont round over at this stage .
spray sealer to area to be painted , (some woods will bleed paint into grain , no good ) ,
paint highlite areas , ( i use hobbycrafter from walmart or craftstore ) slober it on .

plane off paint ( 1/32 ) .and to sides also for coves or profiles , this leaves a straight and clean edge .
no masking or tedious line painting ! now round over any edges you like .
mark end and rip kerf both pieces 1/4 deep with narrow kerf blade . i make splines 7/16
from door skin ( thin ply ) . this spline wants to be snug , but not to tight . it is an allignment piece only )

put glue behind the spline , not in kerf or in front , it will run out and slober everywhere !

you can make them any way you like , and all layers need not be flush in back , so you can save wood .
the dentils were crosscut slightly larger then grove widened after paint and edge also .

the one on the right i made to ride on a mounting strip attached to the wall over door .

.these are my kitchen cabs at home , i wanted something lite and airy , not dark and traditional .
i realy get tired of the same old same old !

now i have more moulding for the other arch . remember to make more to begin with as crown miters use a lot of running length of moulding !

let me know if you need anything about this , as im still learning about the camera and the computer .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 03:57 AM

wow David
super nice moulding I like that bright colors you incorporated. Nice blog, good play by play and photos.
thanks for sharing all that know how. cool finshed job.

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 07:08 AM

David your camera work is improving out of sight. i often wondered how al this was done.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 01:01 PM

Beautiful work David and a good blog. I like your coloring idea and the smart way you did it. It amazes me how such impressive moldings can be built up from standard wood thicknesses. It looks great in your house too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 01:49 PM

Beautiful moldings! Thanks for sharing. The differing colors for the layers really made it a lot easier to see in the photo.

I was just thinking the other day that now that I’m getting into woodworking, I could make some fine moldings for my 100+ year old house. Yay!

-- Jen - Imlay City, MI ~~ People laugh at me because I am different, I laugh at them because they are all the same.

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 02:31 PM

thanks for the input .
this camera has more junk in it than my brain !
but i’ll get it sooner or later .
it works for base and trim pieces also .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 06-01-2009 02:43 PM

I’ve seen others stack profiles to make a crown and I’m always impressed by those who can see the result before it’s done. It takes a good eye to visualize the different layers of the stack. Well done sir.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 09:36 PM

That’s an effective approach, i like building-up moulding from simpler shapes. Makes an impressive crown and planing off the paint for a clean line is the only way I’d do it. Do you ever incorporate stock profiles?

-- Randy, Florida

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 12:59 AM

so far just dadoes , coves ,rabbets , and dentills .
i do so many different types of work on the street , i’ve only got time for the simple tooling .
i use stock if thats what the customer wants!
thanks for the comments , all !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-04-2009 03:11 PM

Very nice work one day I’ll get there

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 06-04-2009 03:20 PM

you are allready here , my friend !
we’re not alone anymore !
we’re on the same winning team ,
not in competition .
one thing i’ve learned ,
you can understand something with the mind ,
with practice ,
you understand it with your hands !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 02:19 AM

I like that last line ” you understand it with you hands” how true how true… The crown molding around the arched doorway is really sweet. Nice work all around David…BC

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#12 posted 06-07-2009 02:30 AM

nice work for a beginner

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 02-06-2011 06:40 AM

Hey just saw this when I did a search for mouldings.
great idea and it looks like even I could do this one!
Thanks for the inspiration

-- Theresa,

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