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Cabinet Crown Molding, A Do-It-Yourselfers thoughts

December 12, 2011

Cabinets can be a Crown Molding Challange

Corner Crown Molding on Cabinets

Corner Crown Molding on Cabinets

This blog on crown molding and cabinets is a combination of our thoughts and the thoughts of a true amateur woodworker who believe it or not built these cabinets and then decided he also need to place crown molding on them. We love the do it yourself attitude and was glad he shared.

Let’s start out with this first shot you see above here. What do you think he did wrong? Being optimists around here, what did he do right? Well if you will notice this crown was placed on the top of the cabinets, the first picture sort of hides that fact pretty well but lets look a little closer at the next shot.

The placement of the crown mold is obvious with a highlighting flash picture and the right angle

The placement of the crown mold is obvious with a highlighting flash picture and the right angle

This crown molding corner did not set on top of the cabinets as flush as he had hoped.

This crown molding corner did not set on top of the cabinets as flush as he had hoped. The system he used behind the crown is what caused this raise.

This shot gets a little closer to what he did on placing the crown mold and it looks pretty good. With the close up photography and the flash you see some problems he has but he can probably come back and touch that up after the fact and not one onlooker would notice, especially since this crown molding is probably 8 foot in the air on a nine foot ceiling. Ok, so the next master craftsman or pro woodworker would burn him on the “how” he placed it on top of the cabinets but for being a first timer to even think to do that on his own is impressive. We will give him his due. I have heard of other woodworkers pulling out a chisel on the cabinets to rectify this situation so using the less destructive way can be a positive start.

Here is the next issue he came across. He built the cabinets and then thought about the crown molding. Many would say that is poor planning, well anyone who is a woodworker would step up and say that. Take a look at this next picture:

Straight on this crown molding strip looks slightly irregular

Straight on this crown molding strip looks slightly irregular, what do you think?

Usually he felt this would have a return of sorts, but because of his poor planning there was not any room for that return. He said this held him up for some time and he did consult others on how to handle this bit of a problem. The cabinets needed either better spacing or different configuration to be able to properly place crown molding. We have seen this technique used before in other planned situations though so that is not so bad and this is the next shot on what he did to put the end or “cap” on and make it as least noticeable as possible.

An irregular crown mould end capped and hoped never to be noticed by any eyes.

An irregular crown mould end capped and hoped never to be noticed by any eyes.

Well, as he said, “at least it was all the same color.” He was right it is the same color, kind of. How would you have handled this situation different? That end grain throws the coloring situation off but as he placed the crown on the face frame here he felt it continued to add up the problems and this was his easiest fix. It’s done he thought and only a perfectionist or a real pro would fault him or notice.

Next was his biggest issue through the whole process. This next picture shows it. Before we get to it though we will say this is where he must have planned for a crown moulding placement because the distance the front faux frame is placed under this ceiling crown molding is perfectly measured out. The issue that this do it yourselfer had on the entire crown molding installation had nothing to do with our jig, and nothing to do with his skill level. It had to do with something else, and looking at the crown molding corner in this picture what do you think it had to do with.

One place planned, the ceiling crown molding on the uppermost cabinet, The vent.

One place planned, the ceiling crown molding on the uppermost cabinet, Here though, another issue is shown..

Again we wish we could go interactive on this blog, we would love everyone’s input on what they feel is the issue here. When we spoke with him he had finished this project and he told us of his problem and unfortunately what had happened was the miter configuration was not square and it was confirmed after talking with us he went back and tested that miter saw. He made a straight cut on a 4 inch piece of scrap and the top was not the same as the bottom and his square confirmed it. “Thee” Lesson #1 for this rookie was learned. Always make sure your equipment is square before making your first cut. “Thanks to my Dad for that lesson, which I forgot” he said.

Following are a couple more shots of his crown molding installation project, what else do you see?

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, nice dark red finish, it was a custom mix his wife picked out

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, nice dark red finish, it was a custom mix his wife picked out

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, he used brads to bring the crown together, it was due to his miter saw being off square

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, he used brads to bring the crown together, he had to because his miter saw was off square

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, that seam you see disappears with a wipe of his stain, you are seeing the white of the fresh cut maple. As well as the over use of brad nails.

Maple Cabinet Crown Molding, that seam you see disappears with a wipe of his stain, you are seeing the white of the fresh cut maple. As well as the over use of brad nails.

Thanks for reading along on this story and we will be sure to share any others shared with us on our website cutncrown.com, please feel free to send us your pictures and crown molding problems to info@cutncrown.com to see if we can help.

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