Crabtree Woodworks

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Dressing up the crown molding for the bookcase

I want to decorate the crown molding, but not quite a dentil decorative. I found a dovetail template I had put away that would make a  pattern. I then cut some thin strips, about 1/8th of an inch for the molding. This is what I came up with

It always amazes me that builders in the 18th century produced this kind of stuff with hand tools.

Here is a pic of the aluminum template with the walnut strip underneath. I used double face tape to keep the strip from moving while I make the cut.


Below shows the router on the template. I use a straight bit instead of a dovetail bit. A dovetail would make an undercut. for the purpose of joinery. The eye would be able to see this.


The picture below shows the molding without decoration.


Here it is with the decoration. Keep in mind, this will be up about 6.5 feet high. The depth of the cut is only about 1/16 of an inch deep. Enough to provide the decoration and a shadow.



One comment on “Dressing up the crown molding for the bookcase

  1. Jane
    July 14, 2015

    Great work Mark.

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