How to install crown on frameless cabinets

lucas_tx_gwMarch 22, 2013

We have a 2 piece crown molding which will pretty much go to the cieling above our cabs. The first is a 2" "L" shaped, it has a backer that goes on the top of the cab, and then the angled piece attaches to that.

What's the best method to get that first vertical piece installed?

It seems one needs to either:

A) gang the cabinets together, install the first piece of crown and then install the group together OR

B) try to install the first piece by nailing/screwing/gluing from the inside of the cab up into the backer. Doesn't seem like there will be any way to reach it from the top since there will only be 2" or some between the top of it and the ceiling.

Can anyone share any tips/tricks?

Thanks!

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jakuvall

Install all wall cabinets
IF you can't get in there then either- screw from bottom into plate, predrill and Gerry-rig a clamp and block to hold down while you screw- use nice looking screws and and/or covers for them. Do not use drywall screws anywhere on a cabinet installation.
Second method- - pin from bottom again with clamp thingie made to hold plate down. not as good but cleaner look YMMV

Not we typically set the face of the plate out near the door plane- I like it 1/8-1/4" short make a small reveal, but can also be done just proud. Don't try to make it even with the door plane- a headache and once you adjust doors it will be off somewhere someday and look lousy.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 9:47AM
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lucas_tx_gw

Thanks for the advice on not trying to make them even. That makes sense.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 11:15AM
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Caliente63

Method #3: assemble cabinets into groups (which you should be doing anyway) and install strips of wood along the tops inset from the front and screwed down from the top. With cabinets in place on the wall, you can then pin the molding to the strips. You don't need the backing strips to be continuous, because any joins are covered by the molding. Pins are easily concealed.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 2:41PM
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raehelen

DH did what Jakuvall described " screw from bottom into plate, predrill and Gerry-rig a clamp and block to hold down while you screw- use nice looking screws and and/or covers for them" He said he used small profile screws (though they require a Roberston bit, so may not be available in US), so they are basically invisible from inside cabinet. (Though I rarely stick my head all the way in cabinet and look up--LOL)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 4:42PM
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