Crown moulding looks great, and that’s why plenty of homeowners are willing to fork out good money to buy it.
But that doesn’t mean the crown molding itself has to cost you a bundle. These days even big crown profiles — up to 5 1/2” wide — can be milled on the smallest portable router tables, and this means big savings, plus a handful of other distinct advantages.
The process Steve Maxwell explains is fast and the profiles you get are crisper and more intricate than what comes off a lumber rack.
You can also make use of wood species beyond all that ordinary pine and oak stuff. And if you ever choose to sell your house, explain to prospective buyers the benefits of your particular shop-milled crown molding, and the mystique may even let you talk up the price a bit, too.