gluing the molding before nailing
Photo: Ryan Benyi

Step 15: Glue and Nail the Molding.

Apply wood glue to each piece of molding. (Panel adhesive is thicker than wood glue and could cause the molding to stand off the beams.) If you have gaps between the ceiling and the beam, split the difference when you set the molding in place to hide any variation across the coffer. Use an 18-gauge brad or pin nailer to nail the molding in place. Repeat the process on all the coffers. Apply latex caulk as needed to finish the joints and cover any gaps.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape
    • Painter's Tape
      Painter's tape
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • 1/8-inch drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • drill
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nailers (16 gauge and 18 gauge)
    • chalk line
      Chalk line with nonstaining chalk
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • small plastic putty knife
      Putty knife
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • 2½-inch sash brush
    • paintroller
      Small paint roller

    Shopping List

    1x6 primed finger-jointed pine. Get six 16-footers.

    Cove-profile shoe molding

    Panel adhesive

    2-inch 16-gauge pneumatic nails

    1 inch 18-gauge pneumatic brads

    Wood shims

    Wood glue

    Wood putty

    Latex caulk

    Semigloss paint