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    Attaching crown molding to kitchen cabinets

    Hi All,

    I need to put crown molding on these kitchen cabinets. What should I put on the cabinet tops to nail the crown molding to and what is the general procedure for this? I'd appreciate any info. on doing this as I've never done it before. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Tolchinsky
    Hi All,

    I need to put crown molding on these kitchen cabinets. What should I put on the cabinet tops to nail the crown molding to and what is the general procedure for this? I'd appreciate any info. on doing this as I've never done it before. Thank you.
    If I were doing crown on those cabinets I would nail a cleat on the top of the boxes that would be proud of the edge by about 1/4" -1/2" to then nail the crown molding to that cleat. That will give you a place to fasten the molding and it will step the molding out to nearly the surface of the doors. I'm sure someone else will have another idea that you might consider also.
    Just keep working on it. It'll give up and do right after a while.

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    I agree with Jim and will add something to that. I used what is called a "bed mold" and to make it look right I added 2 strips on top of the cabinets. The first strip was sized to allow the installation of the molding with about a 3/16" coverage of the top (I mean the bottom of the molding covers the face frame from the top about 3/16")
    Then I routed "classic bit" profile in the second piece that over hung the cabinet to top it off creating a two profile cornice.

    I will try to draw it if you need me to.

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    We did that to our last house. I made some 3/4" x 2" stock to nail flat on top of the cabinet. Had the bottom edge protrude out, this adds to the architectural detail. Then the crown was nailed to it on the side.
    Jim

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    Alan,

    My current project at home is changing all the molding around window and door openings to crown molding. I have been gluing up the "crown" on my bench and find it is much easier than trying to work overhead with individual pieces. This is a glued up piece ready for primer Crown 002 (600 x 450).jpg

    This is a end profile Crown 004 (600 x 450).jpg
    A glued up corner. Crown 006 (600 x 450).jpgI use a fast setting glue, hang on to the miters with my little heater aimed at the joint until the glue sets then drill and nail through into the long molding section.

    For your installation, the wide piece (on my door molding) would be replaced with a piece that would allow you to fasten the entire assembly down through the glued on cleat onto the top of the cabinet casing. I simulated an example in this photo Crown 007 (600 x 450).jpg

    Your could easily cut, glue and finish the entire piece(s) on your bench then install with the minimum of "air" time.

    Here's more on the subject on one of my previous posts. http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=22232

    Cheers,

    Kent

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    Wow Kent that is a great tutorial on applying crown molding! Thank you very much. I think I'll give that a try. As long as I can match the shade pretty well I think it should look good. Thanks again. Alan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hager
    If I were doing crown on those cabinets I would nail a cleat on the top of the boxes that would be proud of the edge by about 1/4" -1/2" to then nail the crown molding to that cleat. That will give you a place to fasten the molding and it will step the molding out to nearly the surface of the doors. I'm sure someone else will have another idea that you might consider also.
    That sounds like a great method. If I understand you correctly you would be able to see some of the nailer strip that's proud of the case. Am I right? Then you would stain to match I'm guessing. Thanks. Alan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal Flynt
    I agree with Jim and will add something to that. I used what is called a "bed mold" and to make it look right I added 2 strips on top of the cabinets. The first strip was sized to allow the installation of the molding with about a 3/16" coverage of the top (I mean the bottom of the molding covers the face frame from the top about 3/16")
    Then I routed "classic bit" profile in the second piece that over hung the cabinet to top it off creating a two profile cornice.

    I will try to draw it if you need me to.
    Thanks Hal. I understand the first part buy not the whole description. If you could illustrate it that would be great!
    Alan T. Thank God for every pain free day you live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Tolchinsky
    That sounds like a great method. If I understand you correctly you would be able to see some of the nailer strip that's proud of the case. Am I right? Then you would stain to match I'm guessing. Thanks. Alan
    Yeah, just stain to match and clearcoat with your chosen top coat.
    Just keep working on it. It'll give up and do right after a while.

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