Developing and Producing Rake Crown with a Shaper and Band Saw
The most important part of carpentry is design. If the design isn’t right, if the drawings are mediocre or worse, no amount of joinery skills will save a project from failure. Unfortunately, executing proper drawings prior to cutting wood and creating sawdust isn’t a common component on jobsites today.
I say ENOUGH. Take responsibility for your work.
Take pride in your work and people will respect you more for it.
Challenge yourself and your work will improve.
Don’t accept less when all that is required from you is more effort.
The subject of this article is a perfect example.
A Note from the Publisher:
NOTE: This is the final article of a three-part series on drawing and making rake, horizontal, and plumb-cut crown molding for pediments. Click the following link to read the first article on Drawing and Developing Three-piece Crown, by Todd Murdock, and this link for the second article on Three-piece Pediment Crown, by Keith Mathewson.
Too many times I have seen carpenters install crown on interior vaulted ceiling, and though their skills may be up to the task, their understanding of classical forms is not.
My friend Gary Katz may be adept at cutting transition corners and forcing crown molding up a cathedral ceiling, but those transitions are appropriate for only Gothic-style homes—and, sadly, there aren’t a great number of those built today.
I’ve read one entire book devoted to cheating crown molding so that it could be mitered up a vaulted ceiling, but crown molding must be installed at the spring angle for which it was designed—otherwise the fillets and lands will not be plumb and level, which confuses the eye.
Crown molding, like stair railing, cannot change three planes in one corner. Stair railing cannot do it without an easing; crown molding requires profiles made custom for the occasion.
And there are more ways than one to accomplish that task. The method used in this article may not be for everyone—in fact, I warn all readers: if you’re not comfortable using a bandsaw in the manner I’ve demonstrated in this video, don’t do it. If you are comfortable, don’t be. Be on your guard.