Step 2: Cut and Attach the Crown.

attaching crown molding to a hardwood frame for kitchen cabinet crown molding
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Take the frame back to the workbench and shim it up by inch to create a slight overhang for the crown. Miter and trim the crown to match the cabinets' run—the crown's ends will extend past the frame's ends by inch. Rest the crown's bottom edge on the bench, glue the joints, and fasten the frame to the crown's back side, as shown, using 1¼-inch screws.
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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)