|Norm's Tricks Of The Trade|
David: Question: I'd like to add crown molding to my kitchen cabinets but can't figure out how to install it. Any ideals?
Robert Gochenauer, Newburg, PA.
Norm's Answer: The trick here is to attach a nailer to the top of the cabinets to support the crown. Screw 1x4s flat into the top of the cabinets, edges flush with the face and sides. Position the bottom edge of the molding so that it covers the seam between the nailer and cabinet, then nail the crown to the nailer every 8 to 12 inches.
If your molding projects more then 11/2 inches above the nailer, glue angled blocks to the top of the nailer and the back of the crown every couple of feet or so, as shown. Blocks that are more then 1 inch thick should be screwed to the nailer as well.
I've built a lot of furniture pieces with crown details like this and they have held up well.