I agonize over certain steps of my projects. Most of the Scott bookcase is pretty straight forward woodworking – cutting dados for cross pieces, routing a few profiles for molding, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, when it comes to crown molding, I get a little stressed, and it is not unusual for me to get big-time stressed during the actual attaching of the crown. I mean, the crown molding has to be cut exactly for it to fit properly.
Adding to the complexity of crown molding is a wonderful (I am kidding) new idea of attaching it to the bookcase. See the drawing below…
I thought this would be a good way to attach the crown and finish off the top. The problem is that just like the crown molding, this piece of wood has to fit perfectly. Three sides of this board have to be cut at a 38 degree angle. I can cut this along the length of the board on my table saw which is very accurate, but the 38 degree cuts to the ends have to be made with my circular saw which is prone to error. To cut the ends on my table saw would mean having to make a new jig, which I did not want to commit the time to.
So, the necessary cuts are made for the top and I attached it with eleven screws. I can then move on to cutting and attaching the crown.
Hopefully, if I work hard during the next week, I can have this project completed by next weekend – but there is a lot of surface on this bookcase to be painted. We’ll see.