Hello, all! Well, I got a little lazy last week and decided to take the whole week off. It was a spontaneous decision, mostly brought about by Matt’s urging. But I have to admit, he didn’t have to twist my arm very hard to get me to take a week off. 🙂 And I actually did take eight days (from Friday to Friday) away from house-related projects. I finally picked up my tools and got started again this past Saturday.
I’m still making slow but steady progress on my music room, and I’m just about done with all of the wood
I’ve been dreading it and putting it off for quite some time now, and finally had to get it done. And I was so surprised at how easy it was this time!! This was only my second time to use my Kreg Crown Pro*, and things went so smoothly that I got all of my cuts right on the first try, and I got all of the crown molding installed by myself in about an hour (not including caulking, of course). In case you’ve never seen a Kreg Crown Pro, here’s what it looks like…
The only other information you need (besides the length of the wall where you want to add crown molding) is the type of corner that you need to cut. You have to first determine whether it’s an outside or inside corner, and then whether it’s a left piece or a right piece. You can see all four corner pieces in this one area of my bathroom.
Once you’ve determined which corner you need, it’s just a matter of setting your saw
Here are the settings for the four different corners:
Left Inside Corner:
For a left inside corner, the saw angles to the right at a 45-degree angle, and the jig and crown molding sit to the right of the blade.
Left Outside Corner:
For a left outside corner, the saw is angled to the left at 45-degrees, and the jig and crown molding sit to the right of the blade.
Right Inside Corner:
For a right inside corner, the saw angles to the left at 45-degrees, and the jig and crown molding sit to the left of the blade.
Right Outside Corner:
For a right outside corner, the saw angles to the right at a 45-degree angle, and the jig and crown molding sit to the left of the blade.
The Kreg Crown Pro* actually has diagrams on the front that shows all of the positions, but the more you use the jig, and the more the crown molding rubs against those stickers, the harder they become to see. I suggest taking pictures like mine above and labeling them, and actually putting them in a very visible and handy spot in your garage or workshop (close to your miter saw) for an easy reference.
This method also makes it very easy to cut the crown to the accurate length. You measure the length of your wall from corner to
Just remember when you’re marking your measurements on the crown molding that any outside corners (as shown in the picture above) require a few extra inches past the measurement mark. That’s important to keep in mind when you’re buying your crown molding also. Just to be on the safe side, when I’m purchasing crown molding (and cutting the amount I need in the store), I allow about four or five extra inches for any outside corners.
My corners are never perfect, but I’ve found that caulk fills in those imperfections perfectly.
The reason my corners are never perfect is
If you’re more of a perfectionist than I am, and can’t bear the thought of fixing gaps with caulk like I do, you can use the angle finder that comes with the Kreg Crown Pro to find the exact angle of your walls, and then set your miter saw to exactly half of that measurement. So if your corner is actually 88 degrees rather than 90 degrees, you would set your miter saw to 44 degrees instead of 45 degrees to cut both pieces for that corner. And of course, if you have any non-standard corners in your home (e.g., around bay windows), you would need to use the angle finder for those areas as well.
It’s getting there! 🙂