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How to cut skirting board properly

to avoid gaps at the corners!

DIY Tip: Cutting skirting board corrrectly

People - and I am one of them - often assume that skirting is fitted with a mitre cut at each corner. But, if you try this, you'll find it doesn't actually work that well. It looks great until you screw it back to the wall and then gaps open up everywhere.

The gaps occur because screwing the skirting to the wall draws all the lengths away from each other as they are brought tight to the wall. If you're painting the skirting, you can get away with filling the gaps. There is a better way, however, cut the skirting with a scroll to match the profile of the adjoining piece.

Here's how to cut skirting board properly.

All your external corners will still be mitred; it's the internals that are cut with a scroll. A scrolled corner works with one flat cut board and the other cut with a scroll to fit the profile of the skirting. So half your ends can be cut flat going right into the corners; the others must be scrolled.

It is best to cut lengths with an external corner at one end off flat at the other. For best results you should not have two flat ends on a length or two scrolled ends as this will limit the scope for movement and gaps will appear.

How cut your skirting using scroll cuts
how to cut skirting board correctly

I appreciate that the profile of skirting shown is very simple, but this technique is also used for more ornate skirting. A coping saw or scrolling jigsaw is the best tool to use. Start by cutting a narrow slice off a piece of the skirting to use as a template.

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