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My 1st attempt at designing Crown Moulding, MDF.

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My 1st attempt at designing Crown Moulding, MDF.
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These pieces were surprisingly easy to do, just a little time consuming because of all the “dry time”. If you have a router table, and a $15 set of junker Harbor Freight router bits, oh- and a table saw, you’re good to go! There is a bit of caulking, and a LOT of primer! If you dont want to spend hours hand sanding the stuff, the primer helps a ton! Does help to have a pin nailer though, saves time on filling all the nail holes. Also, it’s tough using any sort of power sander, simply because MDF is so easily damaged that way. If you have the time, it’s totally worth it! You can do an entire 20×12 living room for about 65 bucks, primer, caulk and all!





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Brandon

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 10:30 PM

They look very nice! Great work!

My only question is how hard they might be to install on wavy walls and uneven ceilings. Traditional crown moulding has a little bit of flex in them. Were these harder to install the traditional crown?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 03:10 PM

I agree with BrandonW, You will have a difficult time installing these bad boys. Corwn typically is cut on a 45 for a reason. To eliminate the uneven joints behind them. Maybe you can backcut these to make your life easier. I think your miters in the corners of the room will be a real trouble if you don’t, at minimum, dado out the backs.

I would call that chair rail by the shape of it. I guess it’s located where Crown shoulkd be so it’s kid of crownish.

Nice way to think outside the box though, and forever moving forward. Thats why we love it so much, never stop learning new ways to do things.

Keep plugging.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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seamuis

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 03:48 AM

It’s definitely not a true crown, but way too big to be chair rail. I guess you can’t really gague the size of it from the pic. The room I put it in has popcorn ceilings, so I took a 2 in. putty knive, scraped off the texturing. The pic shows exactly how much I made. Rather than doing 8’ sections and finding out I hated the look when I was done, I just did sample chunks. Now you’re right about a true crown having the 45 degree angles to it. This is why I used glue and a pin nailer, so I could drop the whole sections on a band saw, remove the bulk uf the unseen MDF, both for weight and fitting purposes. Thing is, these truly are the first two items I tried, on the first router table I ever owned. It was something cheap and easy!

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 03:58 AM

Now with that said, Bravo. Good attempt, while still being resourceful.

Nicely done, I apologize if I came off sounding harsh. I just quit smoking and Chantix does a number to ya…

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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seamuis

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 04:10 AM

Hey, not at all! I said in my profile thing, I’m really new to all this. There are certain problems I come across, and though I’m sure there’s a tool out there designed for said problem, I have no idea what the hell it is! I am a world class hack-job artist, and proud of it! Never been one to put plans down on paper, have measurements ready before I cut, etc. If I’m building a box, I kind of eyeball how tall/long I want one of the sides, or the top, then just cut everything else to fit! Need to invest in some tools that weren’t designed for rough framing, deck building, etc. Just waitin’ on the cash to fall out of the sky,......

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