How to Make and Cut Crown Molding Pt.2 How to Make and Cut Crown Molding Pt.2
After you practice a bit on the test strip of wood, you can then cut crown molding with the router in the correct way. If you are using more than one router bit, finish with the first bit before moving on to the second router bit, and so on. For example, you can use a router bit for curves and another router bit for the molding’s edges that are round.
Step 1 – Cutting the Crown Molding
It is very important that you follow this order: first start with the curved edges and then continue all the way until you cut the rounded edges onto the crown molding. Do not cut the moldings one by one; first cut the curved edges on all moldings and them move to the second router bit.
After you finish cutting the crown moldings with the router, align all the moldings so that you will be able to check that every cut that you made is consistent. Confirm that the designs are very similar. Now you can start painting or staining your crown moldings.
Step 2 – Painting the Crown Molding
Apply some urethane acrylic-based caulk to the joints and seams of the molding. Use this type of caulk because it is much better than painter’s caulk. If you notice that you have nail-holes in your molding, fill them with spackle and then sand them with fine-grit sandpaper. Next, apply a coating of primer and paint the crown molding with the color of your choice. Remember to touch up the caulk with the paint so that it sticks better to the wood.
Step 3 – Staining the Crown Molding
Make sure the color of the stain that you choose matches the style of the room. You should treat joined and solid crown moldings differently. This is because you should apply stain to solid crown moldings, whereas joined moldings need painting rather than staining.
Apply a coating of stain conditioner to the molding, but first allow it to dry thoroughly for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Maintain good ventilation in the area where you are staining the moldings. This is because you need fresh air to prevent you from inhaling the unhealthy fumes that the stain produces. If you can, it is much better to stain the crown moldings in an outdoor area.
In order to stain your wooden crown moldings, use either a paintbrush or a rag. It is much better if you utilize a rag because you will stain faster in this way. On the other hand, the paintbrush is ideal if some angles of your moldings are irregular. If excess stain accumulates on the wood of the molding remove it as soon as possible.
You need to apply a minimum of two coatings of stain on your molding, following the manufacturer’s instructions. After the stain has dried thoroughly, apply some varnish on it as protection. If you feel it to be necessary, apply some wood polish as well.