I have a 3/4" thick maple hardwood floor that abuts my living room, which is
carpeted. The ends of the hardwood were left ragged and the transition
between the hardwood and carpet is covered with a metal strip. I'm going to
install hardwood in the living room and, in order to create a straight edge
on the currently installed hardwood, I need to cut across twelve 3" planks.
The problem is that the end planks are up against a wall and I can't figure
out a method to use to get a nice even cut right up to the walls. The cut
will be in a very visible area so it has to be clean.
I can use my circular saw for the middle, but it leaves one plank uncut when
the base hits the wall.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
There's no magic way to do it. You'll use a straightedge held to the
floor with doublestick tape or weighted down to guide the saw as far as
it will go. If you have a Dremel or Rotozip that will help you get
further along the line. Then score the remaining cut line using the
straightedge with a sharp razor knife several times to cut the top
fibers of wood. Then use a very sharp chisel to cut out the rest.
Make relief cuts on the offcut side of the flooring - don't just keep
banging straight down or you'll have problems. For every chop or two
down, make an angled cut coming in from the side to meet the bottom of
the cut line. This will give the chisel bevel room - otherwise it
tends to wedge itself into the cut line and crush the wood fibers of
the wood you want to be crisply cut.
I agree with Louie, a reciprocating saw is what you need. They make all
types of blades for it and various lengths too. I also own a dremel
tool but I can't see how this job would be done with that. You might
want to look at all the types of transition strips available at your
hardware store as they might make one to cover up your entire job where
you won't have to make these cuts at all.
I just did some work like that and it was a bear. I used a rotary tool with
a wood cutting bit, and worked it in at an angle. With molding to cover the
mess it was okay.
There is a new jigsaw out that does flush cuts (Dewalt?, Bosch?) A little
pricey if you don't happen to need a jigsaw though.
"You might want to look at all the types of transition strips available
at your hardware store as they might make one to cover up your entire
job where you won't have to make these cuts at all. "
That is exactly what I was thinking. A transition strip or mouldings
(if it's against a wall) should cover every situation, I would think???
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