Making a Cornice

Making a Cornice

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Paul shows how to use hand techniques to make a cornice. This might be just what you need to finish off a project. The first step is a 45° cut on both edges. Then a round bottom plane (as made in this project) is used to scallop the midsection, followed by the scraper and a light sanding.


  1. bensberg on 25 July 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Wonderful.. Thank You..

  2. António on 25 July 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you WWMC!
    Very useful info here!

  3. Derek Long on 25 July 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this one! I missed seeing it for the ending of the wall cabinet. Very nice.

  4. FrankM on 25 July 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this Derek. I would have missed it.

  5. Roger Evans on 26 July 2016 at 12:36 am

    Can you please say where we can find the video on making the little moulding plane you used here. Many thanks, Paul.

    • Richard Senior on 26 July 2016 at 1:43 am

      It’s in the description but the link doesn’t stand out. Look for “… as made in _this project_”.

  6. Mike cook on 26 July 2016 at 1:23 am

    I was just about to go out and buy cornice for a project that I am working on, Thanks for the video. I am going to try to make my own.
    Thank you Mr. Sellers

  7. mkvernon on 26 July 2016 at 1:51 am

    Thanks, again, Paul.

  8. David Perrott on 26 July 2016 at 2:04 am

    This is very timely. Just got several hollows and rounds and wanted to work on mouldings.

  9. dpawson on 26 July 2016 at 10:28 am

    Lessons (for me)
    1. ‘Angling’ the cut with the planes! To finish to the guide marks?
    2. Both ways plane (even Paul made that look like hard work).

    The finish is for the eye, not the protractor!

    Thanks Paul.

  10. Ian Shaw on 26 July 2016 at 10:50 am

    You make it look so easy 🙂

  11. Ed on 26 July 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Many thanks for showing how to do this!

    Is the scrub plane the only option (rather than ripping) for the 45 degree bevels on a long piece? Ripping horizontally at 45 degrees seems impractical, but you couldn’t stand a 6-footer up in the vise.

  12. Keith Wilde on 26 July 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Watching your videos and listening to your advice is time well invested. You can’t get this from a text book. Brilliant! Priceless!

  13. James Savage on 26 July 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Ya wee beauty! I’ve been looking forward to this one!
    You have made my day………. again 🙂

  14. benbeel on 26 July 2016 at 4:25 pm

    great video and you make it look easy!

    Why choose the rocker bottom plane over a larger round moulding plane over some rebates to form the coving? does it matter?

    Thanks again for the great video!

    • Eddy Flynn on 28 July 2016 at 12:10 am

      @benbeel i think the idea of using this plane is if you don’t have this plane there is a video on here how to make one , and i guess very few of us will have a collection of moulding planes , that’s my take on it but hey I’ve been wrong before

  15. smokey101579 on 26 July 2016 at 4:37 pm

    So you wouldnt use a 45 sled to make the moulding and used hollow and rounds to ake to cove

  16. drdee1280 on 26 July 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Same question as Benbeel: what about using a moderate size round (but straight soled) plane? I suppose the radius has to be just under what you want to cut? I have a few odd sized hollows and rounds that I have never used for anything yet…. That would be great if you could show us how to use those properly!

  17. JIM CHALOUPKA on 26 July 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Nice job, Paul!
    Wondering what is the best joint to join two pieces of cornice on the run?
    Would you use a simple 45 deg or would you dowel or spline it or perhaps a double angle or “V” at the joint.
    Thanks, JIM

  18. SharpPencil on 26 July 2016 at 7:19 pm


    I have a small selection of hollow and rounds……I made a shoe horn with largest.

    Whilst the little plane is a handy tool, do you see a great advantage over a round plane….please

    Thank you John 2V

  19. jeffpolaski on 26 July 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I learned:
    (1) “Cornice” and “Crown Molding” are different words for basically the same thing.
    (2) This is what “Zada” Polaski did when he used his multiple planes to make a complex molding.
    (3) I believe I read the grain correctly when you ran into changing grain on just about every surface right about in the middle of the piece of wood.
    (4) What you do with a plane with a sole that is curved both side-to-side and front to back.
    Thank you, sir.

  20. Pheroz Tengra on 27 July 2016 at 4:24 pm

    It is fascinating to watch an excellent tutorial on hand made cornice.
    It would be equally fascinating to watch how to create the round bottom hand plane.
    Many thanks for publishing this video, and a superb craftsmanship.

  21. knightlylad on 28 July 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  22. STEVE MASSIE on 1 August 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Thank You Paul and team for this one another great video, I never made moldings by hand but will now.


  23. ballinger on 2 August 2016 at 9:17 am


  24. larryl49 on 2 August 2016 at 11:51 am

    Hi Paul thanks for this video, and keeping the process simple, I am thinking of making a tool cabinet the cornice should Finnish it of nicely. Larry.

  25. Mike Williams on 3 August 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I can’t see this working for a novice like me.
    One wayward slip with that Molding Plane and I’ve got 6 feet of scrap, expensive, hardwood.

    • Mike Williams on 3 August 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Would a rebate (rabbet) on the rear bottom edge give a better fitting to the cabinet and also a bracket to drill & screw from above?

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