Dining room crown molding
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Crown molding: half way point

Beams. Before I can apply the crown molding, I have had to install these simulated beams.

This post marks the end of first part of my dining room project. Progress is slow and I have to force myself to do the work, but the next phase will be all about making the actual molding which I hope will be more inspiring – motivating me to work on it more often.

To recap the progress so far: after designing the project (click here for a view of the finished crown), I removed the popcorn texture from the ceiling and primed it. I then located the ceiling rafters and marked them with a chalk line. Next, I fabricated and installed the four simulated beams that run left-to-right across the room. The two front-to-back beams were then cut and installed. Then with this post, I installed the quarter round molding and applied some final primer…

The second 12’er. Here the second 12′ beam has been installed and I have applied wood putty over the counter sunk screw heads.

The second 12′ board went in great. I did not have to do any fine tuning and after pulling the lap joints tight with some wedges, I screwed them in place. I love it when parts fit on the first try.

A gap. The ceiling isn’t flat and neither are the long pine boards. Small gaps are present in various places along the length of the beams.

Big Yellow. That is what I call my power miter saw. You have to respect the large spinning blade. I use it to cut some quarter round molding which will be applied to the beams.

The fix. Here a piece of quarter round is installed. It looks good and covers the unsightly gap.

I had always planned to use quarter round molding to finish the interior edges of the beams. This is a design consideration which gives a more polished look to the project. But it is also nice that this molding covers all the undulations in both my ceiling as well as the boards I used for the beams.

Currently. Here I have removed the chalk lines and used some primer to touch up where the screw heads are.

Already this is a big improvement from the textured, popcorn ceiling we originally had. Coming up next: I’ll purchase the MDF to be used for the crown molding and begin fabrication.

Tornado recovery
It was reported in our local paper that the historic tornado outbreak of April 27th destroyed some 5,000 homes just in the Birmingham, Alabama area. This does not include homes destroyed in the various other areas of North Alabama impacted by the 71 tornadoes that formed that day. Our local electric utility, Alabama Power reports the price tag of repairing damage to power lines to be in the $300 million range. And it is expected that storm damage insurance claims could reach as high as $5 billion. Destruction is wide spread and the needs are great.

The recovery effort has gone well so far thanks to the generosity of people from all across the USA. Many areas of my sales territory have sobering damage and as I made my rounds this past week I was impressed by the uncommon license plates I saw: Minnesota, Florida, Illinois and Texas are a few I recall – the home states of relief workers who seemed to arrive instantly after the storms struck.

We have taken a load of bottled water and can goods up to the church to help with the recover effort and we’ll donate more, but I feel this is not enough. So, I am changing directions for my next project. Instead of building a storage cabinet for my shop, I plan to build a bed to be given to a needy family. In my humble opinion, God has given me the ability to design and build furniture and I need to utilize His gift to help others.

So, my next post will show some design ideas for the bed – I hope to have this post up by mid-week.

This is post seven in this series. To see the next post, click here. To view all posts, click here.


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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.


  1. Thanks so much David.

    BTW, I visited with my bother today. He met up with the tornado as he raced homeward towards Pleasant Grove, Alabama. He drove down the country road near his home as fast as he could. He saw debris from the tornado passing him easily twice the speed of his truck.

    Lucky for him the tornado was not totally on the ground and passed over him, but the debris and wind pressure blew out three of the five windows in his truck. He escaped unharmed.

  2. Jeff. You are a stud.

    Your ceiling looks great, however what strikes me most, is your desire to share your skills with people less fortunate.

    I both admire you and respect your desire to help others. I can say for certainty that your creation will change the lives of the recipients. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

    Well done Sir.

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