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Installing a wood cornice


 

Adding a cornice molding to the joint between walls and ceilings is a good way to add a touch of elegance to a room without spending a lot of money or time. There are a number of different stock design profiles available at your local lumberyard or home center. Chose one that matches (as much as possible) the rest of the trim in the house. Then nail support blocks on the wall and start installing the boards. Fitting the corner joints can take some time, but otherwise the job isnít very difficult.

 

 

 

Step 1. Snap a chalk line around the room to establish the bottom of the cornice molding. Then, cut triangular support blocks to fit behind the cornice board and nail them to the wall every 16 in. Cut the first cornice board to length, and nail it to the blocks (inset).

 

Step 2. Use a miter box or chop saw to cut a miter on the end of the cornice board that abuts the first one. Cope the miter using a coping saw. Keep in mind that this saw works on the pull (not the push) stroke.

 

Step 3. Use an oval file to clean up and refine the curved sections of the coping cut. Use a flat file for the straight sections.

 

Step 4. Test fit the coped board and make any necessary adjustments using wood files. Then nail the board to the wall; set the nail- heads; and fill the holes with wood filler.

 

 

 

 

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