How to Fit Kitchen Cornice and pelmet. Part One
This is a post to cover what alot of people find is a tedious job, that of fitting the cornice (the moulding on top of the wall units and tall housings). It is good practice to cut and fit the longest piece first in case an error is made as you can then try again with a new piece and cut the wrong sized piece up into smaller pieces.
To cut the cornice and pelmet it is advisable to use a good quality chopsaw. These can be hired or you can buy your own as they are very useful to have if you are practically minded. These machines, like all power tools, need to be used with care to ensure your safety and the long life of the machine. Never try to cut too much in one go. The sound of the motor will tell you if you are being too hard on it.
Care needs to be taken when measuring because the cornice usually overhangs the units and doors, so this needs to be allowed for when measuring. Take a scrap piece of cornice and position it on top of the wall unit to see how much overhand you want. It may be advisable to temporarily hang a door so you can have a better idea on how it looks.
Where possible try to cut the correct angle on one end first then place the whole length in place. Pop a screw into the end to secure it in place whilst moving to the other end to carefully mark the cornice to length. Then go back and take the screw out and cut the piece to length.
The cornice is best secured to the top of the cabinets by drilling holes in the cornice every 300mm or so. If there is little or no access above the cornice to get to the screws then drill the holes through the top of the cabinets.
Tip: If there is enough cornice try to cut a length up in the same order as they go around the units, so that on the mitres the grain matches. Obviously when you start a new length the grain on wooden cornice may not match but you can take a look at all the pieces you have and lay them end to end and swap them around to give the best continuity of colour and grain.
When the first piece has been fitted measure the approximate length of the next piece and cut the relevant angle on it. If it is ok go to the opposite end and mark it to length. When the cornice is ready to fit, drill holes in the bottom taking care that the holes are over the wall unit and not on the edge or missing the unit altogether.
Now put a good quality PVA adhesive on the joint and push it into place.
When the joint is properly aligned and cleaned up hold into position with 20mm masking tape and then screw the cornice into place.
Sometimes the screw nearest to the joint can actually move the joint when fully tightened so in that situation just back the screw off a little and tighten it later when the glue has dried.
The glue usually dries in 30 minutes but leave on as long as possible or until the next day. Part 2 will follow soon.
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