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Cutting Corners

September 25, 2013 |

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posted by Ana White

What is a pretty skirt without a finished hem?

We are smack dab in the middle of dressing up these stairs (the treads are still the construction set and I'll share how we finished out the risers soon), starting first by adding a skirt to the stairs.

You can read all about how we put a skirt on these stairs here.

The main reason we skirted the stairs was so we could easily transition the baseboard trim down the hall from upstairs,

And then right around the corner,

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And right down the stairs.

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Without a skirt, we'd have had to do ump-teen mitered cuts, down each riser, along each tread, down the next riser, and so on. We'd still be cutting corners - literally.

And what the heck to do if the treads have a bullnose front?????

The 2-Tylenol-once-in-a-while my midwife okayed are definitely not enough to undertake that headache.

Cutting Corners

Now put a skirt on it, and we are really talking the corner cutting I like - as in just two corners.

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The first corner is like the rest of the baseboard in the Momplex - just an outside mitered corner.  It's a good idea to start your skirt allowing the baseboard to run horizontally so you avoid impossible double beveled corners.  You have to pick, angle or bevel - there's no having your angle and beveling it too.

So after the baseboard bevels around the corner, we'll need to angle down the stairs.

So how to find this angle cut???

It's easier than you'd ever guess and no fancy tools required!  Nope - you won't even need to raid your kids schools supplies for a compass.

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Where the two pieces of baseboard cross, they will come to a point. We'll find this point, transfer the points to the baseboard and cut to fit.

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We do this by taking a scrap piece of baseboard and marking the top edge, past the corner,

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And then doing the same for the other side of the angle, crossing the first mark.

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Where the two marks cross, this is the top edge of the angle. The bottom edge of the angle is the point on the skirt.

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So we take our baseboard moulding piece we want to cut and set it in place and transfer the top and bottom marks directly on to the baseboard.

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Then just use a straight edge to draw a line between the two marks.

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If you are cutting with a circular saw or hand saw, you can then just cut the line. If you are cutting with a miter saw, to find the angle, simply line the marks up with the groove in the table saw by angling the saw.

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Then just position the baseboard in place and cut.

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Perfect fit!!!!

Well, it would be, because we just cut to fit those marks.

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Then we can cut the second piece,

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And just continue right down the stairs and on to the landing, and right down to the lower level.

I know, it really should be more difficult than this, shouldn't it? Don't tell Mom we cut just a few corners on these stair base mouldings, okay?

We were really hoping to get some homemade cookies over this base moulding job.

Or at least that beaming proud parent look.

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So I've been told it's a

So I've been told it's a protractor and not a compass :) Probably a good thing we didn't use one, I'd still be looking through Grace's school supplies for it!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2013-09-25 14:03
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sscochran's picture

skirt hem

We're currently changing out the builder's grade molding in our 1996 era home. This post is so timely! And we're going to borrow your brilliant door and window trim ideas. I've shown your blog to my husband a few times to help explain what I'd like him to do. Thanks for such great instructions!

posted by sscochran | on Wed, 2013-09-25 14:07
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yurra-bazain's picture

So smart! :)

So smart! :)

Yvonne @ sunnysideup-stairs.blogspot.com

posted by yurra-bazain | on Wed, 2013-09-25 23:16
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UlrikeDG's picture

Who needs DIY Network? ;-)

Who needs DIY Network? ;-)

posted by UlrikeDG | on Fri, 2013-09-27 00:16

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That's really make sense. It got a very nice design also. Thanks!
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posted by kevinguru | on Fri, 2013-09-27 03:23

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