Crown Molding, Molding, Scott bookcase
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Scott bookcase: the crown molding

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…

Topping it off. Note the piece of wood that fits flush with the top edge of the molding.

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.

How long should it be? The first thing I have to do is cut the top to length. To determine how much the top will extend beyond the sides, I cut a small piece of molding and mark the location of the cut. Sorry that the photo is a little out of focus.

The easy cut. For this cut, I use a straight edge and set my circular saw to the right angle. The other side is where my measurements have to be exact. This second cut is very stressful. I re-check the measurement several times and then make the cut. Everything goes well. Then I cut the bevel for the front edge on my table saw.

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.

Mitered. I use my power miter saw to cut the crown molding. I don’t use this saw very often because I have a hard time making the fine cuts to fit the molding properly. On these cuts where a 1/16″ or so is being cut, the saw is not accurate.

Don’t move! Clamps keep the crown molding in place while I mark the location for the next cut.

Mostly complete. I have just a few small items to complete and then the bookcase will be ready for primer and paint.

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.


  1. Jeff,

    It looks GREAT! You have made such good progress, you HAVE to be proud of yourself. The molding detail is terrific, and the entire assembly is GREAT!

  2. Anonymous says

    If your making a built in what is the best way to hang it on the wall?

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