I've come to a problem in a kitchen crown install. A refrigerator cabinet is giving me a hard time because the ceiling sags on the right hand side of the cabinet and does not allow me to install the 3 1/4" crown without protruding into the door space. The whole kitchen has 3 1/4" crown and this is the last spot, so going with a narrower crown is not an option. Does anyone have any tricks I could consider?
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor J:
Sometimes it's like playing chess; we need to think 3 steps ahead to plan our next move. What is the reveal above the doors? How much does the crown protrude into the door opening?
Measure the distance from the ceiling to the top of the door. Subtract 1/16 or 1/18 or whatever your reveal is. Measure up from the base of your saw and draw a pencil line on the fence at that height. If the cabinet doors are 3 inches from the ceiling, you'll be drawing a line on your fence that's about 2 7/8 or 2 15/16 up from the base of the saw.
That's the position you must hold the crown to clear the doors. For a refer cabinet, you'll have to recut the miters on both sides of the cabinet at that new measurement (spring angle), then start cheating the crown at the preceding corners. You have to cut both pieces that meet in a corner at the same measurement mark (spring angle), but you can vary that spring angle from corner to corner. It's easiest to do this over a longer run where you can twist the crown. But you can twist crown in a short run a little bit, too.
Sometimes I thin down the back of the crown using a power plane (David Collins taught me that trick and I put it on my Conquering Crown DVD, along with David), so it's easier to twist, but don't plane into the ceiling or wall shoulders.
Contributor L is right; it really helps to catch this stuff before you start. Next time, take two pieces of crown and pre-assemble an outside corner, then check all the cabinets and ceilings - you can also make a small gauge block, you can also... I think you get the point.
Yes, this was my fault totally because I built the cabinets and installed, so I could have foreseen this problem. It takes things like this to learn what not to do so you do not make the same mistake. I am glad I didn't use an installer for this job because I probably would have got my butt whipped for this. Now I just kick my own butt and move on. Thanks - I will try it.