The crown molding corner is part of one area of finish carpentry that is similar to a magic show. It might seem extremely complicated installing crown molding, but, in fact, this job involves just a few tricks that any carpenter learned by himself or with the help and advice of a professional.
For most, perfection when installing the crown molding corner can be achieved after you have practiced long enough while being assisted by a pro. It is not a difficult job, but it involves a lot of attention, dedication, and, most importantly, patience.
Problems Installing Crown Moldings
Most problems when trying to install a crown molding corner appear because you are cutting the crown molding in the manner in which you cut window or door casing. This happens due to the fact that window and door case moldings are in fact flat pieces of wood with a profiled face, but the crown molding is not identical to the window case molding.
The crown molding has on its surface small angled faces and a large flat spot on the back of the profiled face. The angled cuts on the back are oriented at 90 degrees to one another, and one of the two surfaces has to rest on the wall while the other one is supposed to rest on the ceiling.
When you talk about crown molding corner, you have to take into consideration the fact that the higher the ceiling is, the more crown molding you need. But there is a problem that is extremely frequent, namely getting the crown molding to fit at the corners of the walls. In fact, this is one of the most difficult activities when installing a crown molding, because this is what gives a room beauty and style.
What you should always remember is that you should cut the molding upside down and backwards with the miter saw, if you want to make the cut on the proper angle.
There are nonetheless two methods in the fashioning of the inside corners, namely by using a compound miter saw to cut the ends of the corner along two axes simultaneously, or by using the coping process that involves the cutting of a simple miter and then using a coping saw for the undercutting of the miters.
An Easy Way to Install the Crown Moldings
Here is what you should do when installing the crown molding corner. First, use the inside framing of a square to hold the piece of crown molding inside the square. Take note that the back of the crown molding does not touch the wall. Only the angled parts of the trim touch the wall and the ceiling.
After you have understood this process, the installing of the crown molding is a piece of cake. Then take the piece of crown molding and turn it upside down, hold it against the saw table and the vertical in such a manner that the angled areas on the back of the crown molding are positioned tightly against each of the two surfaces. The next thing that you should do is to place the saw at a 45 degree angle and make a cut so that the bottom edge of the crown molding becomes the longest part of the molding.
The crown molding is used when you wish to create a decorative cornice that gives personality and dimension to any room of your house, but you can also use crown moldings in the building of some interesting shelves and fireplace mantles. The crown molding is used generally for the capping of walls, cabinets or pilasters, or for door and window hoods. You can find crown molding either available in woods or in plastic or even foam.