Skirting board or baseboards seal the bottom of a wall at the floor level to keep out moisture and provide a finished appearance to a room. Skirting board is available in 2- to 12-inch widths in many designs. Some homes have rounded walls or corners, which a flat skirting board will not fit. These cases require the boards to bend in order to fit in a fluid fashion along the base of the walls.
Things You'll Need
- Skirting board
- 2 sawhorses
- Soft measuring tape
- Circular saw
Set the skirting board on two sawhorses. Measure the area for the board to cover and cut the board to length with a circular saw. Use a soft measuring tape to measure round areas with more accuracy than a metal measuring tape.
Cut kerfs, or slits the width of the saw blade, into the skirting board on one side. Cut the slits two-thirds of the board's depth on the side that will face the rounded wall. This allows this side of the board to bend and fold inward.
Cut kerfs as close as ½-inch apart on the length of the board for an extremely round corner. Leave at least 2 inches of solid wood on each end of the board to have a solid area to hold while bending the board.
Cut kerfs farther apart for slight bends in a board.
Hold the board up to the round area at the floor level and bend into place. Add more kerfs if needed to allow more flexibility.
Tips & Warnings
- Screw kerf-cut skirting board to a house by starting on one end and working to the other end bending into place.
- Use wood glue to fill the voids in the board and let it dry completely. This will hide the cuts in the skirting boards and seal them from moisture.
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