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[This is part of our WAINSCOTING-109 Installation series.]

How to Install the Bed Molding Below the Rail Cap

If you remember reading Part I of this series, I couldn’t find a proper bed molding in town, so ended up having to modify an ogee crown.

I think it’s important to use a crown with a 45 degree spring angle for this treatment; anything less than that and you’ll loose the strength of this design.

I’m really happy with this larger bed molding profile, so ultimately I’m glad I couldn’t find what I was looking for.  Now let me show you how I wrapped it around the bottom of the wainscoting cap.

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All I did was rip the top half of the crown molding off and was left with a bed molding profile.

In hindsight, I’m glad I had to modify the crown because I ended up with a slightly larger bed molding profile than I would have had if they had the usual kind in stock.  I like this larger profile for the wainscoting cap.

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Below  Take a small piece of bed molding and mark how far down the molding drop is.

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Below  Then make a scribe block out of some scrap material that is the same dimension as your bed molding drop.

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Below  Scribe from one end to the other and all the way around the pedestal boxes.

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I look grumpy in these pictures. I’m really not grumpy at all.

Below  I start in the middle when I have moldings to wrap, and so that’s what I did here.

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Then I made the wrap for the left pedestal.

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Below  Don’t forget the glue.

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I’m using my 23 gauge micro pinner for the small pieces.  It shoots 1″ long needle-like pins.

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Below  Notice that slight gap between the top of the bed molding and the bottom of the rail cap.

I should have cut more of an angle off the crown when I ripped it on my table saw.

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Below  This is my standard technique for wrapping moldings around a projection like this pedestal box.

It’s best to make all three pieces of the wrap from the same piece of molding.

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With the bed molding wrapped around the top of the wainscoting I can install the baseboard.

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This is the end of WAINSCOTING-109 Part 4: Wrapping the Bed Molding


Posts in This Series

1.  How to Install WAINSCOTING-109 Part 1

2.  WAINSCOTING-109 Part 2: Installing the Rail Cap & Edge Molding

3.  WAINSCOTING-109 Part 3: How to Make the Pedestal Boxes

4.  WAINSCOTING-109 Part 4: Wrapping the Bed Molding

5.  WAINSCOTING-109 Part 5: Wrapping the Baseboard

6.  WAINSCOTING-109 Part 6: Prepping for Paint


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