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Old 02-22-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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I am looking to install some crown molding in my living room. I have not cut crown molding before. Does any have any info on cutting crown molding.

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Old 02-22-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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If you do not own a chop saw, rent one. Then from there it is easy, but takes time. As for the proper way, check out some books on Fine Carpentry.

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If you do not own a chop saw, rent one.
not to knit-pick, but be careful going to a rental house and renting a "chop saw". More than likely they will try to give you a metal cutting saw, rather than what you really want, which is a compound mitre saw
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I use a Dewalt 12" compound miter saw with crown stops. If the corners are reasonably square it works very well. Mind you, I am doing paint grade moulding. Just remember to cut upside down and backwards!
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Some Links:

http://www.compoundmiter.com/crown.html

http://www.installcrown.com/
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real great links...

I'm in the same boat, the angles aren't my problem though...

How do you assure that when you slap that piece of crown up, that it's sitting at the proper spring angle? Maybe my molding is different, but it doesn't really feel like it "seats" real well against the wall. Any tips?
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real great links...

I'm in the same boat, the angles aren't my problem though...

How do you assure that when you slap that piece of crown up, that it's sitting at the proper spring angle? Maybe my molding is different, but it doesn't really feel like it "seats" real well against the wall. Any tips?
You can cut some support blocks out of 2x4, basically they are just little triangles that are cut to the angle your crown molding sits at, so you know its sitting at the correct angle. they also work great if your joists run parallel to the wall.
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real great links...

I'm in the same boat, the angles aren't my problem though...

How do you assure that when you slap that piece of crown up, that it's sitting at the proper spring angle? Maybe my molding is different, but it doesn't really feel like it "seats" real well against the wall. Any tips?
What I do is cut a 6" piece of crown and go around the room and mark the ceiling and wall where the crown is suppose to fall, I do this in the corners and a few spots in between, very easy to do with a short piece of crown in your hand, because you can look down the end and see that its flat against the ceiling and wall, this way when you throw a full piece up you know its seated perfectly...
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I have never had any problems with the place that I rent from. Local Family owned Tru-Valu.
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No matter how you proceed, go to Home Depot first and buy the book

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100352616

and the angle gauge

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...10000003+90006.

It's the best money you can spend before you start chopping up the crown molding. It will expalin to you the concept, techniques, tips, tricks and various angles. Seriously, what you'll waste in time and useless lengths of crown molding will more than pay for the book and the gauge.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I ended up buying an eBook online www.install-crown-molding.com. It had some good pics and was easy to follow. I finished my project and will probably do another room now.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I ended up buying an eBook online www.install-crown-molding.com. It had some good pics and was easy to follow. I finished my project and will probably do another room now.
Remember to let us see the pictures in the project showroom forum!

TIPS:

1.) Before installing the finished product - Purchase inexpensive crown stock, in order to practice cutting on these, until you are comfortable & ready to install the selected crown for the project.

2.) Purchase some extra lengths of the selected project-crown.
As this is your first time...miss-cuts will happen.

Good Luck on the project.

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