INSTALLING CROWN MOLDING
§ coping saw
§ power miter saw
§ miter saw
§ safety glasses
§ crown molding
§ tape measure
§ caulk gun
§ paintable caulk
How to Install?
Step 1: Decide which type of crown molding you are going to use. You can go with wood or MDF. While wood is a good choice, it can be expensive too. MDF should not be used in the kitchen or bathroom.
Step 2: Next step is the hardest part of the whole process which is to cut the corners of the molding. For this use a coping saw which will make the cut easily and in the right angle. This is because it is much tighter than a mitered joint. In case there is any gap in the end, caulk can be used to conceal the gap. A power miter saw can also be used instead.
Step 3: Measure the wall and mark the bottom of the molding.
Step 4: Once the length is identified then cut the molding in a 90-degree angle.
Step 5: the next piece should be cut at the 45-degree angle. To get a straight cut press the edges against the saw table firmly and vertical side fence.
Step 6: Next is to make yourself understand how the pieces will fit. Since the molding is upside down, the edge with the vertical fence will be the bottom of the molding. The top part will be the edge which is against the table.
Step 7: Cut the molding with a 10 inch saw blade to a 45-degree angle. The cut should be proper and also in the right direction. If it is the inside corner, then the molding bottom should not be beyond the top part and vice versa.
Step 8: While coping the joint, the one end of the molding will be facing the other. The cut should be made very close to the line. To get a neat cut, press the side of the blade and start cutting. The process should be slow so as to make the perfect cut. Cut a small angle and cut small pieces starting from the edge.
Step 9: See if there are any kinds of gaps present by pressing against a scrap piece of material. Cut off the high points with a coping saw.
Step 10: Put the molding in the wall if all the cuts are made fine. If it is a long piece, then keep another piece for support. Push it in the corner and make it fit as tight as possible. Cover up the gaps with caulk.
Step 11: Check if the outside corners meet correctly. In case there are any gaps paint can be used to cover it up and to hide any mistakes.
Step 12: Another option is to go with the corner blocks in the place of coping cuts and miter. This will look professional and it is much easier as there is no angle related cut necessary here.