In addition to
being faster and easier on the body, assembling crown upside down
on a flat bench ensures that nothing is rocked, and the tops remain
flat and straight (or, in this instance, flat and curved to the
correct radius as drawn on the template).
This technique works equally well for regular crown with the addition
of a perpendicular back, or fence, to the work bench. So long as
the crown touches both fence and benchtop - or is parallel to the
fence, in the case of pilaster wraps - it has to be flat and straight.
crown molding above has been tacked in place, and the scrap plywood
is just sitting on top as a flatness check.
may have noticed that the face frame stiles of the two cabinets
above are not the same width. This is because I use wider stock
for door rails than for door stiles, and when ripping stock, I go
for maximum yeild per board. This way I find I can match color and
I wind up with sticks wider than necessary for stiles, I rip them
after doors are glued up. In this case, there was no need to rip
down the face frame stile, and then throw the scrap into the dumpster
so I could pay to have it dumped. (Continued on next page).