Crown moldings are the moldings used on ceilings, which elevate the aesthetic appearance of the rooms and give it a finished look. The wide variety of crown molding materials and designs available today makes it easy for people to finalise on the best option to decorate their house. The installation of some materials is easy while others require help from professionals. Installation is simple and easy compared to cuttings the angles for corner pieces which require expertise and precision.
When installing crown molds, it has to be cut to get the corners perfectly. This cutting is of four types depending on the situation. A suggestion if you are planning to cut the molding by yourself is that, first practice to learn how to install crown molding and by cutting scrap pieces, you can practice for cutting crown.
Below is a small guide on how to cut crown molding.
1. Selection of the molding
The first and foremost task is selecting the mold you need. You need to know the right proportion of the crown required to complement your room. The next task is buying a mold that is affordable, malleable and durable at the same time. Shopping locally is the best choice as you can seek help from local suppliers who specialize in millwork. They can offer extensive molding selections and give some expert advice on installation.
2. Selecting the right work tools
The second most crucial task is selecting the tools required for molding. This includes a template, chalk line, stud finder, spiral blade fitted oscillating tool, block or dowel, sandpaper, finish nailers- 16 gauge or 18 gauge, safety glasses and gloves.
3. Setting up reference lines
Using the template crown molding, mark the edge of the template touching the wall and ceiling. Using chalk, pencil or tape mark these lines as these are your reference lines for fitting the crown moldings.
4. Trail testing
By assembling the template molding or the scrape molding in place of the actual pieces, you can understand the adjustments required to fix the molding perfectly against the ceiling and wall. You can also know how tight the corner joints are.
5. Fixing ceiling boards
The reference line drawn earlier should merge with the edge of the mold on the positioning. Sometime due to some bulges on the wall, the molding may not align perfectly with the ceiling. To rectify this problem, you need to some portion of the moldingâs back edge to make space for the bulge on the wall. When attaching the board to ceiling, make sure to long screws that are capable of penetrating deep into the wood. You can also use toggle bolts instead if you cannot get long screws.
6. Cutting crown molding
There are certain practices to remember while cutting moldings. These are:
â¢ To get the best crown molding angles, cut using a power miter saw. This saw can be adjusted to cut at any angle- 45Â° to left or right.
â¢ Make sure that the crown moldingâs wall edge will rest on the vertical fence of the saw and the ceiling edge of the molding rests on the horizontal fence of the saw.
â¢ To get an inside corner on the right side of the wall you should pivot the miter saw to 45Â° to the left and use the left end of the cut piece. Follow the opposite for getting an inside corner on the left side of the wall.