When you plan to install baseboard around your home, there are a few tricks that the professional tradesman know that make there work look fantastic.
The walls and floors in most houses, old and new, are rarely square and flat. Installing baseboard molding the correct way will make it so you don’t see these issues.
Learning how to deal with these imperfections is just a matter of someone showing you the little tricks that will make all the difference in your project.
Outside corners, because of the build up of corner bead and joint compound are rarely a true 90 degrees.
Therefore to adjust for this, your molding will need to have a miter cut that is less or more than 45 degrees. Using a protractor to figure the exact angle will be helpful, but using a couple of test pieces and adjusting them to fit before making your full pieces works well.
For outside corners, the short point of the miter is always at the back of the molding, against the wall, and against the miter saw fence—for outside corners, you measure to the short point of the miter and you cut to the short point of the miter.
Unless your walls are perfectly square, when doing an inside corner, use a coped joint rather than a mitered joint. The coped method will give you a professional looking joint with just a little extra work.
For instructions on how easy it is to do a coped joint, which really makes a nice finished look.
Check out the video below.
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Cope Inside Corners
Coping inside corners isn’t nearly as difficult as people think. In fact, once the miter is cut, whether you use a coping saw or a jig saw, the cut can be made effortlessly—if you use the tools properly. Follow these directions and you’ll soon be coping molding perfectly. Make several practice cuts before attempting to cope a measured piece of molding. Remember, craftsmanship and safety go hand-in-hand: you can’t do fine work, and you can’t work safely, unless you clamp your work to a work bench, table, or work station.
Great advice from thisiscarpentry.com