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We’ve previously covered crown molding hangers here and here, but they require extra trips up the ladder to set them up and take them down. Bench Dog’s new crown molding support can be rigged and removed with your feet firmly planted on the floor.

Constructed from rugged polymers with steel support arms, the support can be set up without tools. You thread the support onto your standard painter’s pole, or you can buy an adapter to use it with FastCap’s 3rd Hand Extension. The support is spring-loaded, which allows you to wedge it between the ceiling and the floor to hold it in place. The two pads straddle crown molding from 1-1/2″ to 8″ wide to hold it in position, but also allow it to move from side to side so you can make adjustments.

Rockler claims these supports will be available Oct 21, 2010. When they’re in stock you’ll be able to pick one up for $30.

Crown Molding Support [Rockler]

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4 Responses to Preview: Bench Dog Tools Crown Molding Support

  1. shotdog says:

    Bench Dog’s merchandise is a bit pricy, but I’ve found that the quality is there. I have a BD router table and a set of table saw “fingers” and I find that the quality is top notch. The router table is extremely accurate. sd

  2. dreamcatcher says:

    I have put up a lot of crown and I can firmly say I do not recommend this tool as it violates a very basic ground rule of finish carpentry: Never touch a painted surface unless the trim is going to cover it…. lest you will be touching up drywall and repainting.

    My first inclination is that the rubber may leave a black mark on that nice white ceiling. Even if it is “non-marking” rubber, it still gets dirty. Then I imagine the plastic end of that paint pole slipping on the slick wood floor causing the whole contraption to sliding down the wall leaving a trail of dings and skid marks.

    While I noticed that it can be attached to a third hand, I gotta wonder why not just use the third hand by itself? I do and have good luck (be sure to wet the rubber foot on hardwood). The third hand presses against the trim which is much more resilient and forgiving of marks than painted drywall. The 3rd hand is also much more versatile than this tool; as a dust enclosure pole, a cargo bar, a wall jack, even a makeshift drywall lift. It only costs $40.

    DC

  3. tlbravo10 says:

    I have used this for installing crown in several rooms and have to say it eliminates the need for an extra set of hands to hold the crown up during installation. The third hand tool actually creates work because you have to climb the ladder with the crown molding and third hand tool and somehow put the tool against the molding to firmly hold it in place. Climb back down the ladder and move the ladder to the starting location. With this pressure on the molding, it makes it difficult to make adjustments to the molding during installation. This crown molding support tool does not firmly press the molding against the wall. The crown molding rests in it. You walk to the location where you want to set the tool up and set it in place. (No ladder required to set the tool up.) With the tool in place, you slide the molding through the tool opening on your way up the ladder to perform the actual install. The tool supports one end and you install the other end and work your way toward the tool. Definitely 2 thumbs up. I would also recommend their jig to help the crown molding.

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