Diy crown moulding ideas

Now locate your 1″ x 2″s and pre-drill three holes in each that match up with the studs’ location. Put each 1″ x 2″ in position on the wall, check that it is level (you may need an additional set of hands), and drill into the wall.


Step 2: Measure the Space

Start by measuring the space where you desire to put the shelves.

Diy crown moulding ideas

Lightly pencil in the length of each shelf on the wall. Then, use a stud finder to locate studs and mark their location.

Diy crown moulding ideas

Record below your lengths and stud location measurements, as you’ll need them in a minute.


Crown Molding 101

Before we start, let’s sync up on crown moulding terminology. Dan uses the «cutting in position» method, more commonly referred to as the «upside-down and backwards» method.

To cut moulding using the «upside-down and backwards method,» put the moulding standing upside-down and leaning against the miter-saw fence. Using this method will ensure the material is always in the same position on the fence and never has to be flipped finish for end; the bevel of the saw is never changed from 90 degrees.

To visualize the correct direction of a cut, imagine the fence is the wall and the base of the saw is the ceiling.

For inside corners, the endless point of the miter and the bevel is always on the wall or fence, and for exterior corners the short point of the miter and bevel is always on the wall or fence.

Dan pre-cut four pieces of moulding to use as templates, and we propose you do the same. Don’t forget to label each piece.

Diy crown moulding ideas

(We can’t reiterate this enough!) For more detailed instructions on the inside and exterior cuts, see our crown moulding tutorial!

Here’s are the four templates he made:

  • Outside Correct
    1. Place the moulding standing upside-down and leaning against the miter-saw fence
    1. The short point of the miter and bevel is on the fence
  • Outside Left
    1. Place the moulding standing upside-down and leaning against the miter-saw fence
    2. The short point of the miter and bevel is on the fence
    3. Make the cut
    4. LABEL IT
  • Inside Correct
    1. Place the moulding standing upside-down and leaning against the miter-saw fence
    2. The endless point of the miter and the bevel is on the fence
    3. Make the cut
    4. LABEL IT
  • Inside Left
    1. Place the moulding standing upside-down and leaning against the miter-saw fence
    2. The endless point of the miter and the bevel is on the fence
    3. Make the cut
    4. LABEL IT


    Step 1: Collect Materials

    Locate every the supplies you will need to make these shelves.


    Step 5: Start Assembling the Shelves

    Next, locate the longer pieces of crown moulding, the wood glue, and the nail gun.

    Glue along the seam that will be placed on the 1″ x 2″. Put the moulding flush with the 1″ x 2″ and secure it in put using the nail gun. This will create divots in the wood, but don’t worry—we’ll take care of that with the putty.


    Step 3: Cut the Crown Moulding

    Now, it’s time to cut. We’re making three shelves, so we began by cutting three 1″ x 2″s to the desired length.

    Diy crown moulding ideas

    Cut your 1″ x 2″s to the correct length and set them aside. Then, grab the templates to cut your crown moulding. Remember to put the moulding upside-down. Take a deep breath, and remember: Label as you go! We needed three longer pieces of crown moulding and three short pieces.

    Diy crown moulding ideas

    We first cut the longer pieces:

    Top Left Shelf

    1. Right Side: Inside Left Cut
    1. Left Side: Exterior Correct Cut
    2. Label: Top Left
  • Top Correct Shelf
    1. Right Side: Exterior Left Cut
    1. Left Side: Inside Correct Cut
    2. Label: Top Right
  • Bottom Correct Shelf
    1. Left Side: Striate
    2. Label: Bottom Right

    Then it was time to cut the short pieces. To determine the width of each of the finish pieces for the crown moulding measurement, hold the piece up against the 1″ x 2″ and mark the width. Then, cut accordingly:

  • Top Left Shelf End
    1. Right Side: Exterior Left Cut
    2. Top Correct Shelf End:
    3. Bottom Correct Shelf End:

    Once you’ve made every the cuts you can lightly sand the new edges with 150-grit sandpaper.


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