So we've had crown molding for our cabinets sitting in the basement since we moved in last August and I'm just now getting around to putting it up.

To save $1000, we installed the cabinets ourselves, which also meant the crown molding is a do-it-yourself job too since it came with the cabinets.  (it may have been worth it to pay the $1000...we'll see after I'm finished)

Everyone was telling me that crown molding is extremely difficult to cut and install correctly.  The corners need to line up almost perfectly, or else it looks pretty bad...and that means the angles and lengths of the crown cuts need to be pretty perfect...so...yeah, I was a little nervous because this stuff isn't cheap, and I don't have a lot of excess if I screw up...and oh yeah, I'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.

But I did my research first.  You'd be surprised at the amount of prep work that needs to be done before you even cut a piece of crown.  I had to nail strips of 1x2's to the tops of the cabinets.  Crown molding doesn't get nailed to the cabinets, it gets nailed to the 1x2's.  I had to alter my compound miter saw by bolting a taller back edge so I could angle the crown correctly when I cut it (the existing back edge on my miter saw was too short).  I also had to chisel out the top 1/2" of the vertical lip edge on each side of every cabinet, because if I didn't, the crown wouldn't be flush against the cabinet where that lip edge was.

I'm a third of the way done, so here's what we have so far.

The 1x2's nailed to the tops of the cabinets.


My modified compound miter saw with the higher back edge for the crown to rest against.


The crown goes up.  You can see the edge of the top of the cabinet I had to chisel out.  Kind of a pain.


Behind the scenes.


A third of the way done.


So far so good.  Everything has lined up real well and the corners look good...and any corners that don't look so good...well, that's why I bought colored wood filler.  It's amazing how much better the cabinets look with crown molding.  It really looks good.

The cuts haven't been that tough.  It's just a matter of taking your time and making sure you're cutting in the right direction and the length is correct.  I find myself triple checking my measurements and angles before I cut anything.

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