An illustration of the dining room crown molding project just before I stopped working on it. I now need to complete it.
Its funny, after building the Tornado Bed and completing the e-book, it has been hard to get back into woodworking. I did not expect building the bed would take so much out of me. Back in May, I suspended work on my dining room ceiling crown molding project to begin work on the Tornado Bed. My interest in returning to my shop (and my dining room), and completing the crown molding, has been dulled due to the boring nature of working on a ceiling. This kind of project features a lot of over-head work which has reminded me that it is hard to find pleasure in such things.
I am trying to re-create the look of a cornice molding profile found on a beautiful breakfront I have always admired. This past week, I have been getting my shop in order and I have mulled over the crown molding profile. It is time to get the design locked down. I want to make a sample of the moldings to ensure no surprises. I have always known that creating the lower half of the profile would be tricky to achieve with a router. Here is the original design...
The goal: the cornice profile as shown in SketchUp. Note points A and B - odd profiles and expensive to replicate with a router (click to enlarge). Can I simplify the design a little and still be faithful to the original?
Here I have standardized the thickness of the different boards used to build up this profile. Note I have altered the lower molding profile - this is a test to see how mixing in some stock molding would look.
I am not yet ready to abandon the lower half of the original profile. I want to exhaust all possibilities before I make a change. In addition to looking at router bits at my local Woodcraft, I have visited a number of websites looking for router bits that at least provide some resemblance to the cornice molding design. I have also been to both Lowes and Home Depot to see if there is some creative way of using stock molding to achieve a pleasing look. Using stock molding would be easier and would speed things along, but I also want to stay away from a three part built-up molding for the lower half of the profile, and there has not been a combination of moldings that I love.
So that is my challenge for the week: nail down the final crown molding design. I will likely reduce its overall size to four inches deep and tall, so a lot to contemplate.
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