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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.

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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.

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The picture below shows the molding without decoration.

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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.

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

  1. Jane
    July 14, 2015

    Great work Mark.

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