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.
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…
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…
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.
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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