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How to cut the angles for inside corner baseboard molding

2012-08-06   Views:6

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When trimming out a house, baseboards are used at the bottom of the wall to cover the joint between the sheetrock and the flooring material. A baseboard is a piece of trim moulding, usually 3/4 or 5/8 inch thick, made from a solid piece of wood for s

How to cut the angles for inside corner baseboard molding

When trimming out a house, baseboards are used at the bottom of the wall to cover the joint between the sheetrock and the flooring material. A baseboard is a piece of trim moulding, usually 3/4 or 5/8 inch thick, made from a solid piece of wood for staining, or from multiple pieces of wood for paint-grade mouldings. The do-it-yourself handyman can determine the angles for the inside and outside corner cuts if he knows a few tricks of the trade.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

Tape measurePencilPneumatic finish nail gunFinish nailsMitre sawCoping sawHammer

Instructions

1 Measure from one corner to the next corner of the room for the dimension needed to cut the baseboard moulding. Use a tape measure.

2 Mark a piece of baseboard moulding with this dimension. Use a pencil to mark the top edge of the moulding.

3 Cut the baseboard at 90 degrees to the face of the baseboard. Lower the sawblade slowly through out the cut to help prevent splintering of the wood.

4 Nail the first piece of baseboard into place, using a pneumatic finish nail gun. Shoot the nails into the bottom plate to secure the baseboard.

5 Adjust the mitre saw to the 45-degree mark and lock it into place. Cut the end of the baseboard at 45 degrees.

6 Back-cut the mitre cut you just made on the baseboard with a coping saw. The saw is used to cut the profile at 45 degrees in the opposite direction. This leaves a knife edge of a profile that fits into the flat face of the other piece of baseboard, making a tight-fitting joint.

7 Tap the end of the baseboard into the corner and mark the other end of the baseboard with a pencil for the next cut. Use a hammer for this step.

8 Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the remaining inside corner baseboards cuts.

Tips and warnings

Wear kneepads while installing baseboard moulding.

Wear safety glasses when using the mitre saw.

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