Dining room crown molding
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Crown molding: Construction completed

I should have a smile on my face because I am adding the last row of trim to my crown molding project.

The end is in sight! I started this project almost a year ago, then about half way through, I put it aside to begin work on the Tornado Bed. It seems like so long ago (and it was). I am excited to have this project almost completed. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been adding the last rows of molding – one row had to be made from scratch, and one which ended up being stock molding was something I could simply buy.

Two weeks ago, I began the process of milling the fourth row molding. The process is similar to what I wrote here. I cut the molding outdoors because the combination of my router and MDF means a lot of dust.

About to commence routing. The MDF boards are rough cut to size. I form a round over along each side.

Even though doing this outdoors is mostly a care free endeavour, there are some things to consider: are the neighbor’s windows closed; important because the first time I routed outdoors, the cloud of dust I blew away with my leaf blower headed straight for their home.

Another consideration: are there any pets or humans around – example: our black cat walks down the sidewalk while I get ready to make a pass with my router. I got a quick visual of what she would look like with a dusting of MDF and decide to wait until she passes by.

This is the last of my outdoor routing. As I form the profile, cars drive up and down the street. I wonder if all this looks a little funny: me with my big respirator stuck to my face along with safety glasses and my router creating all the dust which moves around with the wind.

With the router work completed, I begin adding the molding to my dining room. The only part of the process that is slightly complex is making the molding fit around the opening to our living room. See the illustration below…

The pilasters which stand at the left and right sides of the living room entrance require a little extra work. The small pieces of molding can be tricky to cut.

Just like with preceding layers of molding, I glue short, but over-size pieces of MDF to larger ones. This makes trimming easier, more accurate and most importantly, safer.

These pieces install pretty easily.

Finally, it is time to begin work on the last row of molding. I had originally planned to create this row out of MDF because I wanted a larger cove than what is available at my local home center. Ultimately, I decided against that and use stock pine cove molding.

I did this for several reasons: 1) Even though I made a mock up of the completed crown molding, the profile is starting to look a little thick. The stock cove molding is smaller and therefore better. 2) I was worried that thin MDF molding would easily snap in two while working with it. 3) Stock cove molding means I don’t have to make it which saves me time.

So, with the stock molding purchased, I simply repeat the process all over again…

In this photo: cove molding needed to wrap around the pilasters. They are almost ready for installation. Some blue painters tape holds the small returns in place while glue dries on one section.

As shown in the photo at the top of this post, I use my pneumatic nailer and sink 1 5/8″ brads into studs behind the sheetrock. I also use one inch brads to attach the molding to the MDF boards above.

Construction complete! Note the nail holes – there are a ton that need to be filled.

I had given myself until this weekend to complete construction and am glad to say I stayed on schedule for once.

What is next? I have a lot of nail holes to fill and some final sanding to complete. Then, I’ll have to run a bead of caulk where the moldings meet the wall and ceiling. And finally, I’ll have to prime and paint everything. So, while construction is complete, there is a still quite a bit to do. I am thinking this is at least a couple of weeks worth of work.

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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. Congrats on finishing this big project! Can't wait to sit in that room and enjoy one of Jana's fantastic meals, Beth's cupcakes and your beautiful molding!

  2. Well done good man! That looks awesome. The way you built it up one layer at a time is great! Such a huge project that is almost complete! Congrats.

  3. Thanks Jane. I hope I am finished with it by the time you arrive this coming summer!

    Jason, you are right about big projects – big for me. You have tackled some giant projects recently. But thank you for your comment.

  4. David – thanks. If you remember from the beginning of this project I had no crown molding and the back woods textured popcorn style ceiling, this is a big improvement (even without paint). 🙂

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