Adding Crown Molding to a Wood Gun Cabinet Adding Crown Molding to a Wood Gun Cabinet
You can add wood crown molding to your wood gun cabinet in the same way that you add crown molding to a ceiling or to any other type of cabinet. Crown molding helps to give a more distinctive design element to your gun cabinet and can also help make it less noticeable as a gun cabinet. When building or storing a gun cabinet in your home you should take additional steps to ensure that the gun cabinet is secure and that people within your home that you do not want to have access to the weapons or ammunition stored inside the gun rack cannot gain such access. This how-to article will discuss the tools, materials and steps needed to add crown molding to your wood gun rack.
Step 1 - Materials and Measurement
Measure the cabinet to determine the dimensions of the cabinet in order to obtain the right amount of crown molding for the job. In addition to the crown molding, you should purchase or rent a brad nailer, which you will need for attaching the crown molding to the cabinet.
You should also purchase stain that matches the type that was initially used for your gun cabinet.
Step 2 - Cut the Crown Molding
With the measurement in place for your cabinet, cut the molding using a miter saw. The miter saw should be set at a 45 degree angle so that the corners of the crown molding will match up when attaching the molding to the cabinet.
Step 3 - Stain the Crown Molding
Apply the stain to the crown molding before fastening it to the cabinet. Some people recommend staining the molding after it has been fastened into place, but either way is okay. It is easier to stain the molding first and allow it to dry completely before attaching it to the face of the cabinet.
Cover both sides of the crown molding with stain, being careful not to spill any stain on the ground or get too much on you hands. It is also a good idea to use gloves and a mask when using the stain in order to reduce the amount of fumes that you breathe into your lungs.
Step 4 - Attach the Crown Molding to the Cabinet
Once the stained crown molding has dried completely, take the cut strips and line them on the top of the cabinet in order to fasten them with the brad nailer. Begin with the side of the cabinet and place the bottom ridge of the crown molding parallel to the top of the cabinet. Place a brad every 1/2 to 1 inch into the bead work of the molding in order to conceal. Join the edges of the crown molding at the 45 degree angle in order to conceal the seam.