Step 5: Cut Crown for the Top

cutting crown molding with a miter saw
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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Mark the length of the door's face on a strip of solid crown molding. Cut to size, mitering the ends at 45-degree angles. Use the offcuts to create decorative returns for the door's outside edges.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • 12-inch stainless steel ruler
      Large steel ruler
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • finish hammer
      Hammer
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vac
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • spade bit
      -inch paddle bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer (optional)
    • dust mask
      N100 dust mask


    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses


    Shopping List

    1. Paneled wood door

    2. White craft glue

    3. Solid crown molding

    4. 4D Finishing nails

    5. Furniture polish

    6. Sconces