How to Bend Skirting Board

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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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