Straight lines and tight joints are the hallmarks of a professional job. Learn professional techniques for a fast and seamless install.
Tucker started his association with wood as a furniture builder. Back then, it was all about using only hand tools to get the job done. That was probably an advantage because the little cabin he used as a shop in Vermont lacked any electricity. Eventually he powered up and now runs a finish-carpentry business in the Boston area. He also finds the time to contribute frequently to Fine Homebuilding. When Tucker needs a break, he grabs his fly rod and heads to Maine in search of rising trout.
In this video workshop on installing crown molding, Tucker begins by focusing on design. He shows off a range of crown molding profiles from the simplest -- a single-piece crown that is a common and easy to install -- to more elaborate profiles that combine four or five pieces into one. While we chose to install a more elaborate crown molding profile for this video workshop, the basic principles discussed can be applied to most crown molding installations.
You'll also see how to build and use simple-to-make jigs that not only save time but will increase the accuracy of your work, including a jig for marking the layout on the wall, for cutting the crown at the proper angel, and a jig for holding the piece while coping inside corner joints.
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