Well I know one thing: working on a ceiling project is real different from doing a furniture project. My dining room crown molding project is moving awfully slow these days for a number of reasons; one of which is this kind of work isn’t terribly fun. Another reason is that this is just a very busy time for our family. I spent much of last weekend getting my yard in some manner of order – I still have a lot to do before the neighbors begin to smile at me again. Fortunately I have been able to insert some woodworking into my schedule here and there.
A challenge I have run into is moving long boards around my home. Imagine having to fabricate components twelve feet in length and then carry them upstairs to see if they fit – then move them back downstairs to the shop for an adjustment. No matter how much I try, moving boards this long means repeatedly bumping into things, both in my shop as well as in my house. I’m looking forward to actually cutting the crown molding which should be more fun.
I have slowly been transforming a basic 12′ 1 x 8s into what I need for the simulated beams. Note the board highlighted in blue below, that is what I am working on…
The first thing I had to deal with was a very slight, but long bow along the length of the first twelve footer. I got my aluminum straight edge out and started to take the bow out. I then began cutting the lap joints.
Next, I carry this board upstairs to see how it fits. Earlier in the week, I had carefully marked the lap joint locations. The lap joints have all been cut to a depth of 3/8″, so the joints should fit together perfectly.
I decided to take the twelve foot board back down to the shop to trim the lap joint a little. I take this opportunity to apply a coat of primer and then keeping my fingers crossed move the board back upstairs to see how it fits.
I will install the opposite 12’er Sunday and then I need to fill all the holes – I am thinking about using my plug cutting drill bit vs. simply using filler. Then I will add the quarter round molding to the interior of each beam. A lot of work left to do before I actually begin making the molding.
Which brings me to a point – is it moulding or molding? Chris Schwarz of Popular Woodworking recently wrote a blog post titled, “5-minute Cavetto Moulding” which got me thinking – have I been writing posts about my crown molding project and all this time been misspelling this word?
I decided to find out which is correct, moulding or molding. I did what any smart person would do: I went to Wikipedia and searched for crown moulding. I was re-directed to their article on “crown molding”. So, which is correct? I suspect its fine to use them both – I’m just glad I haven’t put up multiple blog posts typing it incorrectly.
UPDATE 5/19/11: I just stopped by a blog I rarely visit called Daily Writing Tips which has a post on the difference between American English and British English (see it here) – some evidence that in the USA, “molding” is the preference.
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