Learn how to make crown molding! I’ll show you step by step how to use your table saw to turn wood into simple Shaker-style molding for walls and cabinets.
How to Make Crown Molding for Your Home
Making a simple, flat Shaker-style crown molding is an easy DIY project. First, we’ll need some wood like maple, oak, cherry, pine, poplar, etc. Next, we’ll need a table saw with the blade set to 45 degrees. Then with four easy cuts, we can make our own crown molding!
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What is Crown Molding?
Crown molding is the angled decorative trim we sometimes see near the tops of rooms where walls meet the ceiling or at the tops of kitchen cabinets.
Why Install Crown Molding?
Crown molding can add a finishing touch to rooms. It can make a room feel more formal or add a sense of elegance when it’s installed where walls meet ceilings. Crown molding adds height to kitchen cabinets which can make a room feel taller.
Why Make DIY Crown Molding?
Crown molding can be expensive so we can save a little money by making our own. But there is a tradeoff to saving money and that’s the time it takes to make the molding.
Making my own crown molding also allowed me to get the exact look I wanted. I was installing this molding in my workshop so I didn’t want it to be overly ornate or highly detailed.
I wanted a simple, flat Shaker-style crown molding that would add height to my small workshop.
Are you ready for the reveal? Here’s a look at my tool cabinets before I added the DIY crown molding.
And here’s the after! Adding crown molding to my tool storage cabinets makes my workshop feel taller. Plus it neatens up the look of my shop by hiding the pipes and wires above the cabinets.
How to Make Crown Molding with a Table Saw
There are several ways we can make crown molding. We could use a router with decorative router bits or we could use our table saw to make a simple crown molding.
We can make this simple crown molding with just four cuts on the table saw. First, we’ll use a digital angle gauge to set the blade to 45 degrees.
Next, we’ll cut a narrow 45-degree bevel on each edge. Then we’ll flip the board and cut a wide 45-degree bevel on each edge. That’s it. We just made our own simple, flat Shaker-style crown molding!
Table Saw Safety
- Stop immediately if you see, hear or feel something unusual or if you smell wood burning
- Use a comfortable stance and don’t reach beyond the table saw
- Keep the material tight against the fence to avoid kickback
- Stay out of the path of the blade
- Stay out of the path of the material in the event of kickback
- Push the material all the way through and clear the saw blade completely
What Kind of Wood Can You Use to Make Crown Molding?
We can use a variety of woods to make our DIY crown molding. If we’re planning to stain the molding we could use maple, oak, cherry, etc. If we’re planning to paint the molding we could use pine or poplar.
I used pine to make my DIY crown molding.
There’s something we need to remember if we’re going to paint our crown molding. And that is knots can bleed through the paint which can be unattractive. We’ll need to seal any knots before we paint our molding.
Where Can You Use Crown Molding?
- Kitchen Cabinets
- At the tops of rooms where walls meet the ceiling
Where Can You Buy Crown Molding?
Store-bought crown molding is available if you don’t have the tools or time to DIY your own. We can buy crown molding at big box home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
We can even buy easy to install peel and stick crown molding online and have it shipped to our home!
VIDEO: Make Your Own Crown Molding
Watch this quick video to see how to turn pieces of 1×4 into crown molding!
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How to Make Crown Molding
- 1x4x8 (I used pine)
Related: See the complete list of Tools I Use in my workshop
How to Make Crown Molding: Measurements
I should give you a heads up before we start making the DIY crown molding. I only needed four pieces of molding for my project. But I actually made five pieces in case I made a mistake when installing the molding.
I didn’t need a lot of molding so I was able to make it all at the same time. And I wasn’t concerned about the width of the final piece. But, the width would be important if I was making this for a room or for a bigger project.
The width would be important because I may need to make more molding. The width of the original molding and the new molding would need to be the same measurement in order to match.
In other words, you may want to be more precise if you’re planning to make DIY crown molding for a room or a bigger project.
What you may want to do in Step 1 is make the first 45-degree bevel cut, measure 3-3/16″ across the face and make a mark. Next, make the second 45-degree bevel cut at this mark. Then, move on to Step 2.
Or even easier, you could just use a piece of your original molding as a template to set up the table saw if you needed to make more!
Step 1. Cut the Narrow Bevels
First I used my digital angle gauge to set my table saw blade to 45 degrees.
I set the rip fence to about 3-1/4”. Then I cut the first bevel, flipped the piece and cut the second bevel.
Step 2. Cut the Wide Bevels
I used my Kreg Multi-Mark to measure 1/4” on the 45-degree bevel and made a mark.
I adjusted the rip fence to make a cut at this mark. I cut the third bevel, flipped the piece and cut the fourth bevel. That’s it. We just made our own crown molding!
Step 3. Finish the Crown Molding
This DIY crown molding can be painted or stained. I finished mine by sanding with 120 grit sandpaper. Next, I cut the pieces to length and attached them to my DIY tool cabinets with 1-1/4″ brad nails.
I filled any holes with Ready Patch and lightly sanded again. Then, I applied a coat of primer and two coats of quality paint.
How easy was that? You just learned how to make crown molding! Making a simple, flat Shaker-style crown molding is an easy DIY project. First, we’ll need some wood like maple, oak, cherry, pine, poplar, etc. Next, we’ll need a table saw with the blade set to 45 degrees. Then with four easy cuts, we can make our own crown molding!
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