07:13AM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
I am the proud new parent of a pancake compressor, a finish nailer and a really nifty compound miter saw.

I am no pro that for sure but I’m not a total moron. I have been able to do several wood projects around the house and for the most part they have all turned out as good if not better than a pro. It just takes me a long time.

With the help of my friend (he’s a finish carpenter) we were able to install some really nice kitchen cabinets. I am very pleased on just how nicely they worked out.

I have some crown molding as well that I need to install (the reason for buying the above). He was so cool in helping me out I want to do this myself instead of bothering him as he has a family and this is done on his free time.

I have been going to home depot and looking how they do it. Looking at the kitchen displays. I understand how to do the below cabinet molding and that’s no problem. But as far at the upper cabinet crown I can’t see how its attached. Is there some kind of wood set up I build and attach to the TOP of the cabinet to nail the crown too or do I attach it directly to the cabinet itself? I have seen lots and lots of sites showing how to measure, cut, cope, and all but never anything on HOW to attach it.

Any help would be great.



02:48PM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
If you never made the cabinets to extend up past the doors to create a reveal to nail the crown to you'll need to add stock.

You'll want a very tiny amount of the bottom of the crown to rest on the top of the cab, it'll depend on how much reveal you have, but typically an 1/8. Then rip 3/4 ply to the spring angle and screw that into the rail. Glue the outside corners and if the crown isn't to large shoot into the ply... if it's larger use 2 pcs ply, I find 2x2 isn't stable enough.


04:41PM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 11/25/02
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I'm sure you can find a book or a video to show you how to.But if you have a friend that is cool about helping you,as he did with the cabs,his knowledge of the do's and dont's of installing crown is far better than any book.You would learn more of the finer points also.He would probably like to see the job finished off anyway.Kind of a pride thing.
When I have my plumber or electrician friends work on my house,they never take money(I don't charge them for my carpentry work on their own homes)So I have them and their family over for a BBQ or take them out to dinner.It's alot less expensive than what they would charge but it shows respect for their time and friendship.Plus I get to learn the little tricks that all tradesmen have that aren't in any book.Luck


08:16AM | 03/30/03
Member Since: 03/29/03
9 lifetime posts
Depending on the Cabinet manufacturer, the installation applications for mouldings differ. I've installed literally hundreds of kitchens...and that many more cabinets. Some of the Cab co. use mouldings specifically designed or fabricated to be installed in a manner that the fasteners are "out of sight". They'd have built in ledger or 'nailer' strips on the back side of the moulding. The basic principle here would be to use stock behind the molding, attached to the moulding via nails or screws ( if it's not already molded into the design) and then set ontop of the cabinet and fastened to it from behind the crown or head detail into the edge of the faceframe or blocking. This could be the reason you cannot see how it's installed. On the other hand, many Cab co. simply send moulding that's to be nailed to the faceframe of the cabinet and then the nail holes puttied... but that installation process would be easily seen .
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