You really don't want to spackle the crown molding, especially in the
joints. They WILL crack. Use a good caulk and you can shape it as you
apply it. If done correctly, you should need very little and running your
finger along the joint will set it perfectly.
If at first you don't succeed, you're not cut out for skydiving
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Bear in mind that a "regular miter cut" for crown molding is not what
you may think it is if you've never done it before- you can't just lay
it flat and cut a 45" angle. You need a compund miter saw, and it
won't be as good as coping in any case.
Actually you don't need a compound saw.
As long as your crown is not too big for your mitre saw you can cut it
with the blade straight up and down. You can even cut it with a hand
mitre box if you have the time.
IMHO the easiest way to cut crown (inside corners or outside) is to
place it upside down on your miter saw with the crown laying at the
same angle as it will lay on the wall (except upside down), turn your
saw to a 45 and cut. A left or right outside cut will do the outside
corners and a left or right inside cut for your copes depending on
which direction you are running. Once you get used to cutting crown
this way, you won't need to lean that saw over very often.
Now if the crown is too large for the mitre saw then I will lay it
down and use the compound but I don't have to do that unless the crown
is larger than about 6".
Thanks for posting that. I was going to post something like that, but I
couldn't get my brain and fingers to work together to explain what I wanted
to say. A photo would explain it real simple, but putting it to words....
You did good.
1. Cope the inside joints (mitering is fine for outside joints).
2. No need to glue the corners if they're properly cut. You *might*
have to use a bit of putty to fill in any gaps (assuming you're
3. Get another person to assist you in holding the molding up for a
test fit. Then it won't matter so much about center-out/corners-in
nailing. Just make sure you know exactly where your wall studs and
ceiling joists are -- they are your friends!
I put up crown molding in my daughter's room last year (first molding
project), and though it was VERY frustrating at first, I was pretty
comfortable with the process by the end. Good luck! (Buy several
extra feet of molding and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE your coping!).
Everyone has given you good advice and I agree with the suggestion to
cope the inside corners. For some reason (being right handed) I find
it easier to cope the left end of my pieces. So I will work around
the room from left to right and will have only one cope from the other
direction if the room is a simple square If the room has an outside
corner, I will probably end there because I can hold the coped piece
up and mark the outside corners from each direction.
Starting to nail from the middle and leaving the ends loose is a great
suggestion and allows you to move the piece up or down in the corner
if needed. I always glue and nail the outside corners. Depending on
how big the crown is, you may be able to nail near the middle of the
crown and hit the top plate of your wall. Nailing near the bottom
will allow you to hit the wall studs. Nailing through the top of the
crown will let you hit the joists or trusses on the two walls where
you have them.
Last night on DYI show with David Thiel he had a way cool jig setup for
doing crown molding so you don't get confused when installing them....here's
a link for it...makes doing crown molding easier
And what about what to nail too? For example, for the vertical wall there
are studs every 16 inches (we hope). But how about the ceiling. Some joint
run perpendicular to the wall and some parallel. Will there be a place to
nail to for the wall with the parallel ceiling joist?
I have done quite a lot of crown for myself and friends/relatives-
I am not a pro.
If you do not cope the inside corners, your work will look like
an amateur did it. It will look ok, but 'cheesey'.
Cope, cope, cope.....it's worth the time and little extra expense (in
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