Crown moldings that accept decorative inserts

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There's two separate kinds of insert moldings typical in the book. The smaller ones, which are taking at 5 quarter, which is an inch and a quarter thick material, so it's a beefy molding. They're about 3 ½, 3 ¾ inches wide, so it makes a pretty good size molding. All 3 of them have ... I'll hold them up so you'll get much better detail than in the book. All 3 of them have slightly different profiles, but the one thing that's common in all of them is this 3 quarter notch that I'm tapping with my thumb. That notch is what's meant to receive the insert mold. I'm going to just focus on one of these. I'm going to show the moldings that you have an option with. First one's called an egg and dart molding. It gets its name because this looks like the bottom of an egg cut in half and you have the dart going up.
But installed, it would look like that. If you're doing a glaze on that finish, all the nooks and crannies on that molding are going to gather that glaze. It's going to jump off that molding for you. It's a good way to get your finish to pop on the right kitchen. The 2nd one, very, very popular years ago, and still pretty traditional is dental molding. They call it dental molding, because it looks like teeth across the front. It kind of has a little ripple at the bottom, but it installs right in there. Once you tack it in, it literally looks like it's part of the molding. It looks like it's part of this crown, but it's not. It's a secondary molding.
The last one, still pretty popular in beachy areas is this nautical themed rope molding for the sticker hanging out the bottom. The rope molding mounts on there. If you've got a Saxony door or the Marquis door, they're found on our rope molding doors, it can look pretty nice. You're carrying that same theme throughout the kitchen that's on the door. Anyway, that's a nice look.
Here we have the architectural crowns. These critters are big and they're also extremely expensive. You're probably looking at finished, $170 bucks an 8 foot stick of these. We don't sell many of them, because they are so expensive. They're actually coming out of glued-up material. There's a lot of cutters and profiling that go in, so they're expensive. But big, tall architectural kitchen with 10 foot ceilings, that's a good choice. So with 3 of these, 1622. This one, a little bit different. The differences are always running here, top and bottom, slightly different profiles. This one is a 1621.
This last one is 1623. I should have known that. These all again, have the same similar detail, an inch and a half space, instead of ¾. They are meant to take again, a big egg and dart molding. We have a big dental molding. We have a big rope molding; big rope molding, battleship rope.
This is called 384 molding. It is a cleat that is meant to go--if you look at the backs of all 6 of the moldings I just showed you, get this the correct way--you've got this angled slot. See if the camera man can get that. This 384 molding is meant to glue into and insert into that slot to create a mounting cleat. You order this and this separate for an extra charge or we'll mount them for you. Often times, I don't think that's a good idea. When they come mounted, they're not exactly 90 degrees, so you might want to have some control over that and order them separate.
The intent of these is you can now mount--using your imagination, pretending this is the cabinet face—you can now mount this on the cabinet. Again, like the 801 molding in our other video, you can push and pull this molding off the face of the cabinet and screw up through the front frame, versus this application where you're going to face nail it, either into the cabinet face or some blocking you've got there. That 384 molding isn't a bad idea if you're going to want to have this protruding, you're going to want this finished. Then it's a good idea to buy this. If you use your own scrap molding and pull it forward--that bottom edge--when you pull it forward, that bottom edge is not going to match your crown molding. It's going to look a little ugly. Something to think of, as you're going through your crowns.
So that covers the standard, but more decorative crowns. We've (Conestoga) also got tons of the custom crowns. These are kind of pricey, but I'm not going to go through all these. You'd be here all day, watching me talk. You can just get an idea, as I hold this box up. There are tons and tons of different crown moldings in the book that allow you to dress up your cabinets. Say you're in the southwest and you want some kind of Aztec/Santa Fe theme, that's a really interesting molding to set up on top of your cabinet to give you that kind of a Santa Fe bungalow look. There's just so many moldings in here to pick from. We encourage you to go through the book and try to find one that will really dress up the kitchen and make it your kitchen.
If you have any questions on crown molding, give us a call. I can't understate, again, the importance of making sure you pick your crown in conjunction with your ceiling height. Give us a call if you have any questions on how to calculate that.

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