Cutting Baseboard Moldings

Installing baseboard moldings requires good measurement taking and precision cutting. You can hire all the tools a professional would use and this will save you time and effort. Be sure to ask for instruction on how to use the equipment before taking it home. Cutting baseboard moldings well means that they will fit together perfectly and result in a nice, neat job.

Miter Saw

At the corners is where it is important for moldings to appear seamless. The easiest and quickest way to cut and join moldings is with a miter saw. Mitering means that the ends of the two pieces of individual wood are sawn at a 45-degree angle. These two angles add up to 90 degrees which is exactly what you get at the corner of a wall.

Cutting baseboard moldings for corners is inifinitely easier with a miter saw, rather than doing it manually. You simply measure the length needed and set the miter box at the correct angle. If you are new to this kind of equipment, check the instructions as they will be quite comprehensive. Place the molding into the bottom of the miter box, facing upwards. Cut the wood at 45 degrees.

Circular Saw

A circular saw can be used for cutting baseboard moldings of all measurements. Just remember that the blade has to be running before it touches the molding. You can lift the base on most circular saws to enable a shallower cut and you can also angle the blade up to a maximum of 45 degrees. By clamping a speed square to the baseboard stock, you will have a guide for the saw and then you can run the base of the circular saw against the square to ensure a precise cut.

Coping Saw

When two irregular surfaces are fitted together, the process is known as coping. Cutting baseboard moldings is one of the most obvious uses for a coping saw because of the curves and angles of the moldings. The 45-degree cut would be made using a miter saw and the coping saw would be used to cut out the wedge.

Safety first

It's essential that whenever working with wood, whether for furniture, framework, or cutting baseboard moldings or cornices, safety is observed. Always wear safety goggles when using power tools to protect your eyes from sawdust and flying splinters.

See Also:

Installing Crown Molding
Wood Wainscoting Panels