How to Hang Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets | Ask This Old House

How to Hang Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets | Ask This Old House

hi Tom thanks for coming out here today well thanks for having me I like your house is very nice Thanks we've been here for about two years we renovated the entire first floor painted the walls put in new hardwood walls looked great and I love the floors I think some part of it was we've renovated the entire kitchen Wow so the the Oldham kitchen layout was there was a door right here to the backyard and we filled it in with these two windows well that's great because it gives you more countertop space and cabinet space and then my dad and I actually hung the cabinets oh that's great but we're having some trouble with how to finish it and how to fasten crown molding to the top of this cabinet all right well I think we can solve that problem do you have the crown wall yes I do all right so why don't we get some tools and we can get the crown molding it sounds great all right Brian here's a sample of what your cabinets are right here and these are actually called full overlaid doors all right so when I open the door you can see that the opening and the door is away from the opening but it also gives you a little reveal on the top and on the sides okay so the problem with this is that little reveal at the top doesn't give us enough to take and nail our crown molding to there's not enough meat there all right and it also puts the crown molding deep in behind the door I like to be out proud with the door like that so to solve that problem I've taken a piece of five quarter material and I cut a little rabbit in it right there so when I place it on top of the cabinet like this I now have the filler sitting flush with the edge of the door and I've also created a small space above the door now when I take the crown molding and I put it on the filler keeping it even on the bottom that puts the crown molding right where I like it to be all right and we're gonna do the same thing on the side but the difference with the side is we don't want the overhang so we're going to mount it this way and it'll be flush with the side okay all right so now we'll just measure our cabinets and cut our pieces I'll start by making my rabbit cuts for the front filler pieces we'll paint the exposed sections of the filler with spray paint then I can cut the side filler pieces and mount everything to the cabinet this gel glue will let me hold everything in place until the wood glue dries and gives it a permanent bond right now we're ready to start installing the crown mold first thing I've done is I've cut three pieces for this cabinet and I've cut them a little bit long so I'm gonna take the one that for the side and I'm gonna hold it against the cabinet the way it goes push it tight to the wall I want to make sure I hold it relatively square with the cabinet so now with the molding into position I'm gonna take my pencil I'm gonna hold it flat or tight so the point is tight to the face and Mark the back of the crown molding like that I take it down and I'm gonna mark right even with my mark that I placed here I'm going to come up and I'm gonna go this way because that's the way I want my martyr to go all right and I'll do the same thing on that side now the challenging part when cutting a crown molding is the orientation on how you hold it to the saw and holding it to the sauce safely first of all let's look at the crown molding how it goes up it goes this way tight to the ceiling tight to the wall actually these two are ninety degrees to one another let me show you with my framing square so if I hold it against the ceiling and against the wall when they come together that's 90 degrees all right so now if I hold it against the table like that I could cut it but that's dangerous because I can't really hold it firmly I won't get an accurate cut if it's not held that right angle so what I'm gonna do is take this framing square the ceiling and the wall and I'm gonna flip it upside down so here's the wall and here's the ceiling when I take my crown molding and flip that over and push it against the saw so it's tight to the wall and tight to the ceiling now I can hold it firmly when making my cut and the cut will be really accurate now to make sure that I hold the crown molding in that correct orientation every time I'm gonna glue two blocks one on each side of the saw blade all right so now I'm gonna make my cut on this piece right here and that's the mark that I made on the back and this will be the short of the miter because I have it going in that direction we're gonna place it in this are against the blocks against the fence in the back and I'm going to turn my saw at a 45 degrees and I'm gonna position this mark to the edge of my blade but I'm gonna cut it a little bit long to make sure that I'm right in the back bring it down slide it over just a little bit hold it tight to the saw and make a cut all right so now I have to slide it to my left just a little bit hold it firm make a cut all right right on the mark perfect so now let me show you what we have with our sample cabinet right here they take the mold in and I put it on the end like it will go that's a 45 degree this makes up 90 have to do the sister cut on a front piece that we've cut long also so that's going to go like that and I know that the angle is going to be opposite so I now turn my saw 90 degrees to the other 45 and lock it down and make a cut [Applause] now we have the sister cut for our side piece go together just like that that looks amazing all right so now what I want to do is nail this together take it inside and Mark our late [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] all right Brian all of the crown molding that we've put up on your cabinets right now on this side of the kitchen and over the refrigerator and the side have all had what is called an outside miter okay all right now this last two pieces of crown molding that's gonna go up over this cabinet and return here is gonna have what is called an inside miter all right and this is what I've made up I've made up this piece that's going to go up here and first of all on this end right here that's gonna terminate at that wall which means the crown oles not going to come out it's going to stop right there so we're gonna do a straight 90 degree cut okay on the this end right here the crown mold is going to come down and come out so what we have to do is an inside my tea we have to turn the saw so we cut the miter into itself at 45 degrees on the short piece it's going to come out and we're going to turn the saw in on itself at 45 degrees which now gives us a 90 degree inside corner oh okay all right and then we just have the outside corner that's going to meet up with that now this piece is cut the exact length from wall to wall we're just going to slide it up nail it into position the final step is to caulk around the top where the crown molding meets the ceiling and fill all the nail holes alright Brian the crown molding is all up and it's complete what do you think it looks amazing thank you so much my pleasure I'm glad I could help thanks for watching this whole house has got a video for just about every home-improvement project so be sure to check out the others and if you'd like me to see click on the subscribe button make sure that you get our newest videos writing your feed

20 thoughts on “How to Hang Crown Molding on Kitchen Cabinets | Ask This Old House

  • let me tell you all the wrong ways then show you the right way to kill air time. DUDE IS A MONKEY! Any 7 year old can figure it out…Like spending the day with a retard.

  • Now the cabinet face extends past the end of the cabinet carcass by a bit… but you say to have the side fillers flush with the side of the cabinet carcass. That appears to leave a pretty good gap when you put the side crown molding on, a thin triangle gap beginning at the back and getting larger as the molding goes to the front of the cabinet. How did you handle this gap?

  • I also wondered why they didn't address the shims on the tops of the crown to make up for the ceiling not being level. That was the first thing I noticed. I also cope my inside corners. A chop saw with the built in stops for crown, like my Ridgid 12", makes it so much easier than having to flip the pieces upside down.

  • I love when Tom was explaining things to the homeowner Brian about the cuts needed and Brian was all like “ah Ok … oh OK”. Tom should have been like “Now it’s your turn”. LOL

  • looks like he is using two different types of nailers. a Senco that is a regular trim nailer maybe 16 to 18 gauge. And then it looks like a Bostitch 23 gauge nailer range 3/8" to 1 3/16" of an inch for the outside corners. the smaller one is a headless pin nailer.
    Great work Tommy.

  • 8:05 Wow either that ceiling is bowing down or that wall is bowing out. Interesting there's no mention to that filler piece.

  • Poor Tom is thinking "I wish I could have put these nailers on before the cabinets were hung". Something every trim carpenter knows. I'm sure if he would have been on hand for the cabinet install, those nailers would already be there.

  • what about the gap created on the bottom side of the molding on each side, due to the face frame sitting proud of the side of the cabinet? you just fill that with some filler strips and paint it? Hows this avoided? Seems unprofessional

  • Crown molding is properly cut with compound cut not upside down. I do install crown molding, beside other things, for living and this guy is not pro in that. Can be that he know more all together but not in crown molding. 99% of videos are useless and made from guys that for 1. do not know flip in head compound cut angles and 2. do not have good hand for coping crown.. TBH do not know why people wanna be expert for this if they do not have talent for it. Like some big money is in it. When I did worked for companies some guy will show up and making life plans with trimming and simply can not cope. Lol neither He can cope. Those thing from 8:30 that he talk about is nonsense. You run long piece and than you run that short piece with coping and meeting at another side. And that idea of pine with notch to bring out crown? And paint it with spray can? This video is failure and do not have nothing to do with real life work.

  • that mess wouldn't work with stain grade crown molding – show how to do that and then you can call yourself a trim carpenter – not rely on "caulk and paint will make it what it aint"…

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