fitting crown molding
I am getting ready to install crown molding on my kitchen cabinets. They are open at the top (no soffit). The problem I see is, how do I deal with that outside corner return to the wall? The front stile sticks out approx. 3/16″ from the face of the side panel creating a reveal. Am I supposed to put a filler under the bottom edge of the crown or do I notch the crown so that it will fit flat to the side of the cabinet face? Appreciate any thoughts here.
MOST crowns I install to cabinetry are actually installed to a flat stock that sits on top of the face frame which accomodates the reveal you are concerned with.
If your crown application doesn't include this feature, you could consider coming up with your own.
Or maybe you have a piece of filler strip left over from the cabinet installation? You could rip a piece of that to fill the void along the top of the side panel.
I've seen it notched....not crazy about it.
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You know, I did put the nailer stock on top of the cabinets as you mentioned and for some reason it never occurred to me to raise the bottom edge of the crown to sit on top of the face frame - DUH. Lesson learned for next time.Anyway, my crown is about 1/8" down from the top edge of the cabinet and I notched the reveal on the side so that crown is flush with the side of the cabinet. I have 3/16" thick trim against the wall also so it matches the reveal on the side edge of the face frame. Maybe I'm not picky enough about such things, but it doesn't hurt my eye looking at it.
There a few ways to handle it. A common one is to order skins which are attached to the ends of cabinets that show. These bring the end fairly flush with the faceframe overhang. Another way is to make a filler that is that thickness. Install it so it is flush with the bottom of the crown or leave it down for a reveal. You can rip it out of a piece of filler and keep the finished edge down where it will show. On a low budget job, the faceframe will get notched, not the crown molding. If the frame doesn't stick out too bad, this isn't all that noticeable. Only takes a couple of whacks with a sharp chisel.
Beat it to fit / Paint it to match