How to Install Baseboard / Skirting Boards. SECRET REVEALED!

Like Us on Facebook! Installing baseboard / skirting board: How to cut and install skirting boards / baseboards for a perfect internal corner. Where baseboards meet at an inside / internal corner, a coped joint is used.

To find out how to make a coped joint, please watch the video. A coped internal corner is by far the best method to finish off your project. Initially you might find cutting a coped joint a little tricky, but with a little practice you will become a pro in no time. The end result is far superior to the method of just cutting a 45 degree angle (which some people tend to favour) on either end of your two pieces of baseboard. Cutting two 45 degree angles may be marginally quicker but the end result is an inferior finish. The two reasons for this is that the majority of internal corners are not a true 90 degrees which means that your two 45 degree cuts are not going to join together neatly. Secondly, when you nail your baseboards to the wall, it tends to pull the joint apart. In both cases the joint will need to be filled with filler which nearly always cracks over time leaving a poor finish.

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Isaac Beckel says:

Hang that coping saw on the shelf and break out the grinder, so much faster!

thumpin1 says:

I was just looking at these types of joints today in the house we are building, and I thought, why don’t they just cut 2 45* deg edges and but them up… But obviously something must not work out for an internal joint with matching… So I’m happy, extremely happy that the builder has gone to this trouble to do out joints correctly..! Cheers..!

Andrew Graver says:

I’m a training site joiner/carpenter and been struggling with scribing on skirting for about two weeks. This really, really helped me get my head round the whole process. Thank you !

1wannabee1 says:

lmaaaaaaaaaao. Jesus Christ mate, I have’nt laughed so much in ages. Great video btw though and. I think I’m gonna have a go myself now. G’Day! 🙂

Tareck Fahmi says:

You are a godsend

Greg says:

Too much hussle!
Mark the baseboard on the bottom of the scirting, (Use a cross section piece of a scirting) then cut it out with a thin blade jigsaw. Job’s done.

Alatina A says:

Senior female, first time doing baseboards, great instructions, worked first time around……………….Thank for such a helpful video

Brian Hayne says:

If you avoid securing the end of the first piece of skirting board, it allows you to make small adjustments to the fit of the two pieces in the corner as you’re securing the second piece. Then secure them both at the same time when you’re happy with the fit. 🙂

robyhodges says:

great – love the humour – when I do my internal mitres today your face will be in my mind and I’ll be chuckling… come on you perfect mitres.

nisancashi2241 says:

excellent,thumbs up

Jeff says:

Thank you very much! I saw your video just in time ….. BEFORE I was to
install new baseboard throughout the entire house. THUMBS UP and I
subscribed. Thanks mate!

Richard Buxton says:

Of course at 7:36 the baseboard is perfectly 90 degrees to the floor – not 90 degrees to the wall – it’s flat against the wall

TheDamnSpot says:

Err… Great advice for a beginner. Though honestly, even a cheap $30 jigsaw with a $7 coping blade is better than a hand coping saw. Unless you’re a home owner who will do like 10 copes in their lifetime, do yourself a favor and get a jigsaw. If you do this with any frequency at all, get a quality jigsaw like a Bosch. Or the best you can afford. The quality and speed will amaze you. Learn how to use the pickup (orbital action) adjustment and you’ll be accurate to a 32nd’s of an inch.

thedavydark says:

what I don’t get, is that the top edge of the scribed piece has a certain thickness – maybe +/- 1mm, so it must sit on top of the straight piece of skirting that goes straight into the corner – i.e. the scribed piece is a tiny bit higher. I’ve just tried this myself, and that’s what happened. I guess the solution is to scribe a line where the two pieces meet and then chisel out the difference in thickness on the straight piece. Any ideas?

CaptPhillipsPointyNipples says:

I don’t know how you don’t go mad reading some of these comments. Between all of the “you shoulda” and “That’s no the way I do it” It’s ridiculous.

Nicole Wuelleh says:

very impressive

Anthony Jerak says:

love that tip keep on showing love your style

charlie drake says:

I am trying to cut skirting around a bay window, two internal angles and two external angles, any tips???

Andy Lovelace says:

Love the Video, just what I needed.

oxsam says:

Cool dude! Naggers ! Lol

metal666micky says:

You should not see a recess on the plasterboard at the bottom of the wall. The recess is designed for abutting the ‘vertical’ section of the wall, not the horizontal section. It is recessed, so the gap between adjoining plaster sections can be hidden. Without the recess, there will be a lump at the intersection.

alex monty says:

crazy Canadian

Carl Franke says:

Hey mate, and suggestions on rooms that are longer than the baseboard? I’m concerned about there the two baseboards connect.
Regards, Yankee from Arizona.

A Baller says:

Quiet, baby’s sleeping.

tommobeast2 says:

dont use reses plaster board thts for taping and joining

Gary Miller says:

i was taught to make a small bevel cut on the top of the unscribed baseboard with a sharp knife or chisel at a 45 deg angle as the top little point on the scribed piece cant be easily properly back cut (especially on MDF)… this allows a relief for the pointy part…

MiMi Reed says:

I’m so glad that I found your page. Great tips and very easy to follow. I have the same Dewalt drill and I was about to box and return…LOLMy first attempt is to put up chair rails and shadow boxes…Thanks much from a Florida princess!

marbenjes says:

Creepy beginning close up LOL..

bubba braun says:

Thank you for using the miter saw for your straight cut removal! I usually backcut at 10 or 15 degrees. This technique is good for bay windows too. Cut the profile for the negative at 22-1/2 degrees and then backcut at 45 degrees.

ben says:

Mitre saw jigsaw second fix nail gun tape pencils that’s all that is needed

scott mclean says:

can you demonstrate the scribe principle for the vertical door jam. I have to scribe the long vertical price to fit in the top door jam

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