what tools do I need to buy my husband to make crown molding and trim?
I need to know every tool needed – and please be specific! If you know of a really good tool or deal please let me know that too! Thanks so much!
Suggestion by William B
A compound-miter saw,
A copping saw,
Suggestion by Mavrik
A tablesaw, router and crown molding router bits.
Some tablesaws have a built in miterbox and a place to mount a router. Mounting a router to a tablesaw is great for making moldings.
A miterbox is used to cut angles to install moldings.
Buy quality tools, cheap tools are aggregating to use and usually don’t last long.
Suggestion by CatLover
If you want him to actually make the trim (not just cut it to length) then you will need a router and the right bits to cut the trim the way you want it.
He will either need a miter box and good miter saw + a tool for measuring angles or a miter saw (more expensive but gets better cuts)
He will need a large work area and some wood clamps if he is doing the routing.
Sandpaper, latex primer and latex paint. Paint brushes. Trim nails. Caulk for areas where the crown may not fit the ceiling snugly. He can caulk these areas then paint and the cracks disappear.
I use inexpensive water clean-up silicone caulk in a tube for this.
If you go to home D or Lowes and speak to people that work there, they will point you to the proper tools for the job.
Look online to get prices.
Suggestion by SolidAxle
If he just wants to make moldings and not install them then basically all he needs is a quality “shaper”. Jet, Powermatic and General make very good quality shapers. Of course the shaper blades should also be high quality carbide. A good table saw such as a Unisaw by Delta is needed. The same companies that make shapers also make saws. He can’t make crown moldings with a router and router bits. Good luck!