Step 1: Make the Frame.

assembling a hardwood frame for kitchen cabinet crown molding
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Measure each leg of the cabinets' run from wall to wall. Cut and screw together an L-shaped 14 frame that follows the cabinets' top edges, but leave each end inch shy of the wall. Butt and overlap the corners and countersink the screws. Screw reinforcing blocks to the back of the frame, as shown, then check to make sure it sits flush with the cabinets' faces.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hand clamps
      Clamps
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • drill
      Drill/Driver
    • pencil compass
      Compass (optional)
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw (optional)
    • pneumatic pin gun
      Pneumatic pin nailer (optional)

    Shopping List

    1x4 poplar boards
    Shims
    Crown molding
    Filler strips (optional)
    1¾-inch drywall screws for building the frame
    1¼ and 2½-inch washer-head screws for attaching the crown
    Pin nails
    Wood glue
    Caulk (optional)