I'll recap what's been going on.
The project I'm engaged in is to install crown molding and paint the kitchen/den area, the living room and the dining room. I embarked upon this since we had the floors professionally refinished and all the rooms were empty so it seemed only natural to continue where the floor finishers left off.
The crown molding is in and most of the preparation work for the painting is finished. Additionally, the ceiling in the kitchen/den area is complete. And most important, the Mrs. is very happy with the results.
However, I'm not.
I wasn't happy with the corners and the associated gaps. Fortunately, I worked some magic with caulking compound.
With respect to the dining and living rooms, both are about 13 feet by 13 feet and there are no joints in the crown molding. I managed to cut complete 13 foot lengths from 16 foot sections.
If I were dealing with finished hard wood with visible joints, I think I would have had to go with two six and a half foot sections along each wall. I feel I could have worked the corners correctly but I would have had to contend with a scarf joint in the middle.
Would this have been a reasonable approach for fine hardwood molding or could an experienced carpenter have worked the joints correctly with 13 foot sections and no joints?
Thanks in advance,