The best way to make a crown molding jig for cutting crown molding is to use a miter saw. You need to have the right tools and know how to use them properly. A miter saw makes it easy because you don’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty or having sharp edges on your workpiece. If you are using a table saw, then you will have to deal with sharp edges on your work piece.
You may think that you could just go out and buy some cheap plastic pieces and put them together like a puzzle. However, if you want to save money, then that would not be the best idea since it might take longer than making it yourself. Also, there is no guarantee that they won’t break down during use.
So, what’s the answer? How do you make a crown molding jig for cutting crown molding yourself? There are several ways to do it.
A better option is to purchase a kit from the hardware store. These kits come with all the materials needed to build a crown molding jig. They include everything you need such as screws, wood, glue, nails and other supplies.
Some of these kits even come with templates so that you can get started right away.
You can buy a plastic box from the store, suitable to the size of crown molding you want to cut. You can mark and measure the dimensions of the crown molding and then glue the pieces together using strong adhesive.
If you don’t like that idea, then there’s another one you can try. You can use plywood to make it. Just make sure that it is wide enough and thick enough so that it won’t get destroyed while in use.
You would need to have basic carpentry tools such as a hammer, nails, screwdriver, sandpaper and some wood glue. The directions are usually very easy to follow so as long as you know how to read you should be able to put it together without any help. You should also have a dedicated area to work since these can get a little messy.
Also, make sure to wear safety goggles just in case any debris or sawdust gets in your eyes.
You can also make your own plywood mold. You would need several boards of molding to create a mold. Make sure that the mold is strong enough to withstand pressure because you are going to be putting some serious force when cutting the molding.
After that, you are ready to assemble and use the jig.
Steps in Using Your Crown Molding Jig
First, you need to calibrate your jig.
A lot of people prefer the kit route since it is easier and cheaper in the long run. Of course some people don’t mind putting things together since it allows them to express themselves through woodworking. Either way, both of these methods offer a great way to save money and cut down on your budget.
Crown molding jig plans are easy to find online. You may even be able to find one at your local library so that you don’t have to buy everything at once. Remember before when I said you need to make sure your saw blade is 90 degrees to the wood molding? You’re going to test that now.
You may have a miter saw with a built-in calibration device that you can just lock your piece of wood into. If not, then get yourself some wood and create a 90 degree angle.
If you follow instructions, then this tool will last you a lifetime.
Using the tools needed to cut crown molding by yourself can be difficult for some people. If you have no experience in using power tools, then you may find this process hard and frustrating.
Don’t be discouraged if this is your first time. Just take it slow and ask someone for help when you need it. Measure the vertical part with a tape measure and adjust your crown molding jig until it measures exactly 90 degrees.
(You may need to loosen or tighten the screws on your jig.) Then, you’re ready to move onto cutting the molding!
Cutting The Crown Molding
There are several different types of crown molding profiles. The important thing is that you finished the project and saved yourself a lot of money.
Most people tackle this project during the weekend. It’s not a one day job, so you may want to pack some food and drink for yourself to keep your energy up while working on it.
The best thing about doing it yourself is that you can save a lot of money. If you ever need crown molding again, then you can just buy the wood and make another jig for future use. You need to decide which one you want to use.
They’re all just different types of angles so if you can find a picture of it online, then print it out and compare it to your molding.
You need to decide how much space you want between each row. Each crown piece is going to be nailed or glued into place depending on the type of crown you’re using. You need to measure this out and mark where you are going to put nails into the ceiling.
Enjoy your new crown molding!
If you want a fun father-son project, then try this one with your dad. If you’re a single dad, then try to get some help from another family member or a friend. Sometimes it’s good to have a partner to bounce ideas off of.
Budgeting Your Time
Crown Molding Installation
The first thing you need to do is measure the height and width of your room. Multiply the height by the width to get the square footage of your room. This is the total amount of square feet you will be installing crown molding in.
Now divide this number by 43.56. The answer is how many packs of crown molding you can buy at that price without going over your budget. Now you need to do some quick division to find out how much each piece will cost.
One of the most common questions is whether or not it’s better to buy one large pack of crown molding or several smaller packs. We recommend that you buy several smaller packs because you can always make your project bigger, but not shorter! Plus, you’ll get a chance to try out different types of profiles and pick the one that you like best.
Last of all, it’s almost always more expensive to buy larger packs of crown because they’re priced by the square foot.
Stick with the same type and same color throughout your house to give it a more uniform look. When you open your packs of crown molding, lay out all of the pieces so you can make sure you don’t have any damaged pieces. If you do, take them back to the store for a replacement.
Now you’re ready to start installing your crown molding and with this method you can do it all by yourself. It’s really satisfying to finish a big project like this and it improves the overall look of your house. The best part is that you saved a ton of money by doing it yourself!
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You should be able to use this method for any room in your house. Just measure the height and width of each wall then multiply them together to get the square footage. Subtract the square footage of the walls from the total square footage of your room to get the amount of square footage above the walls.
Now divide this number by 43.56 (based on a pack of crown being 11 feet long by 3.33 feet high) to get the number of packs you need. Now just divide the cost of the crown molding by the number of packs to get the price per pack.
Remember that if you’re installing more than one row then your last row should be connected into the quarter round. Good luck and have fun!
Step By Step
Measure the height and width of each wall in your room. Multiply the height by the width of each wall to get the square footage. Subtract the total square footage of all of the walls together from the total square footage of your room.
The answer is the square footage of your ceiling. Divide this number by 43.56 to get the number of packs that you need to complete your installation. Now divide the cost of the packs by this number to get the price per pack.
Now that you know how many packs you need, create a list of all the packs that you’ll need to buy. You can buy them all at once or you can space out your trips to the store. If you do it all at once then you won’t have to make as many trips.
Now that you have your list of supplies, you’re ready to start installing your crown molding.
Before you do anything, though, you need to take everything out of the boxes. You don’t want to get half-way through your project and not have something that you need. Then start installing your crown the same way that you would install baseboard.
The only difference is that when you get to the corners you have two options for trim: standard corner blocks or inside corner blocks. If the inside corner is not very sharp then you can use standard corner blocks. If it’s a much sharper inside corner then you’ll need inside corner blocks.
Start with the smallest pieces and work your way up to the tallest. Be careful when nailing because it’s easy to split the pieces. If you do happen to split a piece, though, you can always use a wood filler to smooth it out.
Once you have everything installed then you’re ready to paint and then install your baseboards.
Now that you’re finished, you should keep the leftover crown molding and outlet/light switch covers. If you ever need to do any touch-ups or repairs then you’ll already have what you need. Now you’re ready to paint and put up your new baseboards.
Good luck with the finishing touches on your room!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Miter saw attachment (DA Vallone – US Patent 7,111,537, 2006 – Google Patents)
- Crown molding holder for miter saws and miter boxes (RC McGrory, JM McGrory Sr – US Patent 6,481,320, 2002 – Google Patents)
- Molding coping jig and method (H Burch – US Patent 6,422,117, 2002 – Google Patents)
- Crown molding jig device (SJ Shangle, KA Shangle – US Patent 6,782,782, 2004 – Google Patents)
- Miter box fence system (BF Smith – US Patent 9,302,408, 2016 – Google Patents)
- Crown molding ruler (TJ Glomb – US Patent App. 13/067,157, 2011 – Google Patents)