Medium density fiberboard is the material I chose to create my dining room crown molding. The chief attribute of MDF which made it a winner in my mind is that it is a flat material. When stacking molding profiles one on top of the other, being flat and straight is critical. But, the chief attribute that makes it a looser in my nose and my sinuses is MDF is a highly dust prone material.
I can’t ever remember doing such extensive routing of MDF. Since I had worked with it repeatedly on my table saw, I knew MDF created a lot of dust. But after routing a profile on twelve, eight foot long boards, the large amount of dust beginning to pile up on my driveway was starting to drift in the wind. I decided to form the profile of my custom crown molding in my driveway, because I knew the dust cloud resulting from indoor routing would definitely make it into our home.
With rain in the forecast and therefore no outside woodworking, I decide to get started installing some of the molding. I will be installing the crown in layers with the first layer being attached to the wall and the ceiling and then subsequent layers attached to the first.
To make installation easiest, I decided to add a wood cleat around the perimeter of the room close to the ceiling. This cleat will hopefully align with the lower rear edge of the first row molding.
With the cleat in place, I use pocket screws to attach the molding to the wall and brads at the ceiling.
And this is as far as I get before my back tells me to stop, but I am pleased to finally have some molding installed. I will continue to wrap the room with more molding like this and then it will be on to the next portion of the crown profile.
One side note: As I finished for the day, I commented to my wife how much I have been sweating. Then it dawned on me: our very basic chandelier is the culprit; I had never realized how much heat they generate. This heat congregates along the ceiling where I was working. I’ll have a fan in there next time.
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