Step 4: Mount the Assembly.

mounting the hardwood frame with crown molding attached to the top of a kitchen cabinet
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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With a helper, lift the finished assembly into place atop the cabinets. Check that the crown's overhanging bottom lip—created by shimming the frame in Step 2—fits tightly against the cabinets' faces and doesn't interfere with the doors. Also make sure that the joints are tight and both ends are snug against the wall.
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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)