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What Molding Do I Use for Flying Crown Molding Lower Detail?

crown molding on cathedral ceiling

An ogee molding is an excellent companion for this style crown molding.

[This is part of my How to Install Crown Molding Series.]

Gina Asks:

My husband and I want to install a flying crown molding in our vaulted master bedroom.  We’ve already selected a 4″ crown. 

However, we’re unsure of what additional trim pieces to buy to finish the bottom part of the crown.

Will you tell us what pieces we need to purchase to complete this project?

Thanks, Gina

Ken’s Answer

finish trim joiner carpenter kenHi Gina,

The style of lower detail is dependent on the style of crown molding you chose, so without a picture I can only guess.

But if you chose a classic ogee crown molding — like the one pictured above — then you can be confident using PM-008.  It’s a common molding profile and is usually sold as a baseboard molding.  You can find it just about any place that sells moldings.

If you didn’t buy an ogee crown, then you could email me a picture and we can go from there.

Good luck.  Let us know how it all turns out!

4 Responses to What Molding Do I Use for Flying Crown Molding Lower Detail?

  1. Landrey January 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM #

    We are building a house and our builder tells me he has to put in a soffit to put in a crown molding in our living room with a tray ceiling. I have seen 100’s of these drop-down or flying crown moldings which are beautiful to me. How to I tell him simply that he doesn’t have to tack the top of the molding into a ceiling? What should I tell him to use? (A piece of baseboard and a regular normal crown molding as pictured above? Is that secure?)
    Thank you!

  2. Ken January 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM #

    Hi Landrey,

    You could simply point your builder here to this page. A flying crown has been around for thousands of years, except for the last hundred, so it’s quite possible that your builder just does does not know about them.

    If he or his finish carpenter subcontractor installs a flying crown, tell him that you want every single contact surface glued with Liquid Nails. That makes the crown very secure. You can’t do pullups on it, but it will be strong.

    You will probably have to be firm on these issues with your builder if you want a flying crown, simply because many only know about production-quality trim carpentry.

    Good luck with your project and let us know how things turn out.

  3. Landrey January 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM #

    Do you need to put a triangle – shaped piece of wood in the bottom 1/3rd of the crown to secure it? or is the bottom tacking sufficient?
    Thank you so much for your reply!

  4. Ken January 14, 2013 at 3:14 PM #

    You can put a nailer back there if you want to, it sure wouldn’t hurt anything.

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