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    Installing cabinet crown

    There are various approaches doing this, I will mention a couple but wish to know how you do yours?

    1.) Glue and a Pin nailer, or 18 gauge nailer. What glue on painted or finished cabinets?
    2.) Some build the crown on the bench, with a frame or template that fits over the top of the cabinet, and nailed to the top, more work but clean and sturdy.

    How do you do it?
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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    Willem

    First, you can't glue to paint or finish.

    I recently made this mistake on a corner cab, so believe me, its actually less work building it in the shop. You will do a better job of it, too.

    There's a channel on YouTube called Finish Carpentry TV. Even if you've done a lot of crown, take a look. He uses cyanoacrylate glue on joints rather than wood glue.

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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    I have done crown but not over kitchen cabinets. If I were to install finished crown on finished cabinets, I would use my 24 gauge pin nailer and possibly some clear silicone on the back. If both were painted white, I would use a little duo-sil (a urethane caulk). The pin holes would not be very noticable but if you wanted to further hide them you could use a wax crayon that matched.

    I like Ron Paulk's videos on crown installation. His tool for holding the crown in position would probably not work for crown above cabinets unless you reverse it and put it on the ceiling. Normally you hold it on the wall and the notch is the distance out you want the molding on the top and the distance down the wall on the long side you put against the wall. If you reverse that and put the "down the wall" distance on the short side and the "along the ceiling" on the long dimension then hold the jig on the ceiling, it would work. I find that copes at the inside corners match up a lot better when I use a tool like this to install the crown.

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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    You need to bear in mind that I do this day in and day out for a cabinet manufacturer. I glue and pin all my miters on bench of sorts, and install them with 23 gauge pins, from there I back caulk the crown to the cabinets with an adhesive caulk. That's version one. Version two is a top mount crown that I cut assemble the miters and install by screwing the crown to the top of the cabinets. There is a version three in which I screw the crown down from inside the cabinet.
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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    Quote Originally Posted by Graywolf View Post
    You need to bear in mind that I do this day in and day out for a cabinet manufacturer. I glue and pin all my miters on bench of sorts, and install them with 23 gauge pins, from there I back caulk the crown to the cabinets with an adhesive caulk. That's version one. Version two is a top mount crown that I cut assemble the miters and install by screwing the crown to the top of the cabinets. There is a version three in which I screw the crown down from inside the cabinet.
    Thanks. Miters CA glue and accelerator?
    What are you using for adhesive Caulk?

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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    Silicon based latex adhesive caulk. Any color, I generally go for something close In color to the molding. When I say back caulking I mean that I caulk the connection between the cabinets and the molding from the the top side. It prevents light from coming through and helps bond the molding in place.
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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    Quote Originally Posted by Graywolf View Post
    Silicon based latex adhesive caulk. Any color, I generally go for something close In color to the molding. When I say back caulking I mean that I caulk the connection between the cabinets and the molding from the the top side. It prevents light from coming through and helps bond the molding in place.
    Thanks, that helped a lot.
    I have to space the front crown off the face frame to align with full overlay doors. So I will probably do a L shaped molding, glue and nail the crown to the molding and then nail the L on top of the cabinets. Do the sides the way you do yours.
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    Re: Installing cabinet crown

    Oh and yes I use CA glue with an accelerator.
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