How do I mitre a 7" skirting board when the deepest box available is only
around 6 " and B&Q's deep cut mitre saw only does the same ? For a couple of
cuts it hardly seems worthwhile hiring a specialist saw.
Use a normal mitre box to cut some scrap narrower pieces at the desired angle.
Clamp these on the back to cover the full height of the board and use these to
guide the saw. Only mitre external corners, internal ones should be scribed.
Bear in mind that external room corners are rarely 90 degrees and so you might
have to 'adjust' the mitre angles anyway. Small gaps caused by corners less than
90 degrees can be closed up by careful burring of the cut edges. Use a metal
roller (round part of a large screwdriver)and roll this gently up and down the
edge till the wood fibres fill the gap.
On Sun, 14 Dec 2003 22:19:18 +0000 (UTC), "Mr John X"
You use a board mitre. Looks different, only supports the saw on one
side, and comes in a range of sizes up to about 9"
Don't mitre internal corners either, unless you live in a De Stijl
house. Coping is nearly as quick to do, handles wonky angles better
and looks _much_ better if there's ever any movement.
Use a coping saw (hence the name) to saw one board into the matching
profile of the other. Takes longer than a mitre, but then you only
have to do it to one board, the other is just sawn straight.
What ? Me ? Evil Dictator of Iraq ?
Nah mate, I'm just a Hobbit, honest
Dodgy Netherlands art movement or not, I like internal mitred
corners and simple white skirting with no grooves ;)
The 50s crap that was here originally was scribed and looked dreadful.
Maybe because it was poorly done though...
You wouldn't have said that if you had seen the state of the original
Maybe coping does look better on fancy mouldings, if it's done properly.
I just don't like fancy mouldings, personal choice isn't it?
Also, as I've said before, I just cannot understand the preoccupation
with hideous Victorian/Edwardian features, but hey, that's my choice as
I've never had a deal of success with internal mitres - on skirtings,
the decorative part of sash windows, or once on some trim around the
top of book-case bays.
Could somebody please explain just what the technique is to "scribe"
these internal joints - it's often referred to in books but never
deomonstrated. I've done simple ones where there are "real right
angles" (? TM) with simple rectangular bits of wood but always mess up
on the "arty" mouldings ...
please take pity ...
(Please put out the cats to reply direct)
Take a piece of the skirting with a square end, and butt it up against the
*back* (flat) of the piece you want to scribe, keeping it at a right
angle. Draw round the moulding with a sharp pencil. Then carefully cut
round the pencil line with a coping saw keeping it absolutely square -
takes a bit of practice.
The part which *isn't* scribed should be the longer piece - this usually
means the back part of an alcove. Being longer it is likely to shrink more.
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
Let's see if I can describe this OK. Take a piece of skirting and mitre it
as normal (internal corner). Now take a coping saw and follow the profile
at the top of the mitre. If done carefully and correctly the cut piece
should be an exact fit over the front face of the other skirting you are
mating to. I hope that makes sense to you, it does to me but I know what I
am trying to say!
Try it on a few bits of scrap first, it's not as dificult as it sounds.
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