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boxer1-2 04-27-2005 01:07 PM

Crowning Studs
Can anyone describe to me what crowning studs is? I have been told before by someone from contractortalk but I didn't totally understand. Also when your cutting wood at an angle like a 45* angle and the wood is say 5 ft. just to put a number down then you have other pieces you want to connect the same way. How do you find what angle to cut it at so the angled cut is flush with the other cut or whatever you are attaching it to. I'm not building anything yet I was just curious...

Thanks for all your help


CGofMP 04-27-2005 08:33 PM

I asked the same question in a PM recently... I do not think the author will mind me sharing his response.

My querry:
May I assume that crowning is making sure that any crook or side bend in a stud is placed so that similar bends in other studs are all pointing in the same direction like this:

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rather than ignoring it and leaving them in whatever random order they come in like say this:

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The response from Mike


You are correct about crowning. ALL joists and rafters sag to some extent over time. When the crown is down it can make for a large sag. A properly crowned joist or rafter, ideally, will sag to the point where it is straight. With studs, random crowns make for wavy siding and sheetrock. Big trouble with countertops. It only takes a few minutes to crown a wall section.

I just finished a 10 foot porch railing and even though the 'jailhouse bars' were just shorties (not even 4 feet) I still crowned them all. You really could tel lthe difference when they were all just set up standing straight on the cement before placing them.

747 05-01-2005 01:57 PM

crown side always up. You look down the piece of wood if its kinda bowed alittle thats the crown side it should be up. TEETOR WILL BE ALONG HE CAN EXPLAIN THIS BETTER AND ANSWER THE ANGLE WOOD QUESTION :)

Teetorbilt 05-01-2005 02:29 PM

You cut 1/2 of the angle that you want to end up with. In your theortical case, you want a 45* finished angle. Cut the ends of your boards at 22-1/2* and when placed together, they will = 45*

This is a good beginners site Dan covers a lot of ground about trim and basic woodworking. He also has some plans all for free.

boxer1-2 05-02-2005 12:34 PM

Thanks to all
Thanks everyone I appreciate the replies. Big thanks to you teetor you are a huge help. I'll try out that site, thats really what I needed. Still trying to get a job somewhere I'll let you all know when I'm hired and how things are going.



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