parts of crown moldings that are made whole
Photo: Victor Schrager
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Parts Make a Whole

Unlike plaster or polyurethane, the most elaborate wood crown profiles are almost impossible to create out of a single board. So, many high-style crowns are assembled in layers to create a monolithic decoration. In addition to the crown at the top, the parts can include friezes, cove, and chair rail to extend the decoration. Support blocks and nailing strips hide behind and between the molding pieces to tie it all together. Shown: Greek Revival from White River Hardwoods, about $34; White River
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