Using a Crown Molding Jig

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What You'll Need
Crown molding jig
Wood or similar material for template

The use of a crown molding jig can make all the difference when designing a room. The elegance and unique design that crown molding provides are simply incomparable. The classic feel that crown molding provides a room is the same emphasis that a picture or painting frame can give a photograph or work of art. Since the use of crown molding has gained considerable attention throughout the years, people now have more options in terms of design and materials. For every space and theme, there’s surely a crown molding that can fit. Small crown molding profiles are ideal for cabinetry and different furniture whereas the larger types are used as components of an architectural landscape.

Is it a Hard Project?

There more important question now is: how come most do it yourself aficionados don’t personally install crown molding? The case is, crown molding installation is not an easy personal home improvement project. People usually find it hard to cut compound angles, tailor-fit materials, check and note corners, etc. The main problem is that most people have a hard time getting and cutting the right angles for crown molding. Installation is rather easy. It’s the cutting part which makes everyone do a double take. Due to technological developments, the latest crown molding jig equipment out in the market are easier to use. The subsequent sections provide an overview on how to set up and use a crown molding jig.

Step 1 - Create a Template

Prior to setting up the crown molding jig, you should create a plain crosscut on the saw. You’ll have a 2-foot long piece to use as the template of the crown molding. Usually, a single plane saw is used. It’s either the old miter saw or a radial arm saw.

Step 2 - Position Template

To properly set up the molding jig, position the template piece in the crown molding jig. The edge of the jig should be held up. The position of the jig’s edge should be strictly followed. To make a single cut of crown molding, the template’s bottom should be positioned very close to the blade.

Note: The position of the crown molding jig against the wall should also be carefully considered. Most crown molding jigs are positioned around 52 degrees against the wall.

Step 3 - Adjust Fence

In order to flush the top and bottom of the molding’s end, the fence should be adjusted. A 90-degree angle should form when the sliding fence meets the molding.

Step 4 - Tighten Knobs

To maintain the setting, the jig’s knobs should be tightened. Make sure that both knobs are adjusted accordingly. The knob adjustment for a crown molding jig depends on the kind of jig used. Different brand names have different adjustments. After this, you’ll now be able to make the cuts.

Step 5 - Understand the Cuts

A crown molding project usually only needs five types of cuts. The cuts are either made inside or outside the corner, right or left or a simple splice tying two pieces of crown molding. To determine what kind of cut you will make, try standing inside a rectangular room. From the center, try observing the four corners. An “inside left” crown molding is used on the left corner usually. For rooms with alcoves, an outside corner or an L-shape crown molding will be needed. To make sure that you achieve the right angle, try using a true angle protractor. The measure you get should be divided in half. This will give you the setting you need for your cutter.