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Sawing baseboards: how do you do that?

Your existing baseboards are due for replacement or you're about to install new baseboards. At first glance it seems like an easy job, but it's actually a time-consuming job. We have some useful tips for you to determine the suitable length and angle of a baseboard. We'll also tell you how you can best saw a baseboard.

What do you need?

  • A pencil
  • Tri square or goniometer
  • Radial arm saw or saw and a miter box/fixed guide

Calculate the angle

Calculating the angle for baseboards

To measure the angle, use a tri square, a bevel, or a goniometer. You only measure right angles of 45 degrees and 90 degrees with a tri square. With a bevel or goniometer you measure the exact number of degrees of the angle, so that you cut the baseboard in such a way that it always fits nicely on the wall. Place one side of the bevel or goniometer against the wall and place the moving part along the other side of the wall. Secure the goniometer or bevel in the correct angle and accurately transfer the angle to your workpiece with a pencil.

Miter

Miter sawing

To connect the baseboards together, you saw them in miter. Miter sawing means slanted sawing of planks, slats, or baseboards so that they connect to each other at a certain angle. For cutting in miter, use an electric radial arm saw, miter box, or fixed guide with a handsaw. With an electric radial arm saw you have the least chance of unevenness and you'll be done the fastest.

Sawing in miter with a radial arm saw

Radial arm saw for sawing baseboards

With a radial arm saw you can saw your baseboard in miter super quickly. For a very clean cut, use a blade with 72 teeth or more. The more teeth a saw blade has, the finer the cutting result. Follow the following steps to neatly saw in miter:

  1. Calculate the miter angle and mark it on the baseboard with the pencil.
  2. Set the radial arm saw to the correct angle.
  3. Place the baseboard stably on the saw table.
  4. Hold the baseboard firmly and lower the saw blade to just above the beam.
  5. Start the saw and gently lower the saw through the baseboard.

Sawing in miter with a miter box

Sawing baseboards in miter with a miter box

Sawing in miter by hand is done with a miter box. There are miter boxes with fixed miter angles in the form of slots through which you let your saw pass, and there are adjustable miter boxes, the angle of which you determine yourself. Miter sawing is done as follows:

  1. Measure the miter angle in which the baseboard is to be cut with a tri square, a bevel, or a goniometer. Transfer this angle to the baseboard with a pencil.
  2. Place the baseboard in the miter box and securely fasten it. Some boxes have their own clamp for this. Is there no clamp? Then use a pair of pliers or hold the baseboard with your hand. With the miter box with fixed miter angles, place the marked workpiece even to the right miter angle. If you use a miter box with adjustable miter angles, then you accurately set the angle.
  3. Use a handsaw (with fine saw teeth) to cut the baseboard at the right angle. By allowing the saw to slide through the slot of the miter box, it is not possible to deflect by accident.

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