I've heard it said that cutting crown molding is a test of a finish carpenter's skill. Phooey. Cutting crown molding can be just as easy as cutting baseboard, a lot more fun, and you don't have to wear out your knees. In this article I'll show you the techniques I use to maintain productivity and precision while installing crown molding. The first step is always careful layout and measurement.

If crown isn't installed in a straight line, the molding will wiggle and wobble between the ceiling and walls, and tight margins between the crown and tall door and window casings will be hideously unequal. So I always snap lines before applying the molding.

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