03:06AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 03/12/03
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Should crown molding be positioned like this:

Or like this?

I have looked at various web sites, and they all have it differently. Some have the small "cove" part against the ceiling, and some have the wider part against the ceiling. Is any one particular way the "right" way, or is it a preference thing? My boyfriend, who is a carpenter, was taught to have the cove part against the ceiling. It has this as the description in his text book: "The lower side of crown or cove molding sits against the wall. It has a wider surface than the top side, which sits against the ceiling." Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

[This message has been edited by lbetson (edited March 13, 2003).]


03:47AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
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It sounds as if the width of the flat surface is the determining factor. Apparently, they are made with one of the surfaces wider than the other. This would make sense, as the surface that mates to the wall needs more friction than the one that meets the ceiling.


06:16AM | 03/13/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
The decorative part of the crown is "always" on the bottom, in this case the ogee at the top and the scotia on the bottom.

Can you give me the url that says differently I'd be interested in seeing it for a snicker.

I have a tutorial on placing crown molding on my site that is fairly extensive you may find informative.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design



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