On the Job: Scribing Baseboard, Quickly

Using a Stabila LD 400 digital laser measure.

We use laser levels to find the high points in a room and to establish a level line to work to. We shoot the reference line even with the top of the baseboard or align it with a fillet in the profile.

With the baseboard in position, I set my AccuScribe Pro scribing tool to the largest gap, then carefully run the scribe around the room to trace the floor contours onto the baseboard.

Roughing out cuts freehand on a table saw with the blade set to a 15- to 20-degree angle.

Using a low-angle block plane to fine-tune the cut.

A Festool RAS 115 sander is as fast as an angle grinder but has a dust-collection system that captures most of the dust.

If a wall is longer than our baseboard stock, we splice sections together with biscuit-reinforced butt joints before setting the sections of baseboard in place to test the fit.

If a wall is longer than our baseboard stock, we splice sections together with biscuit-reinforced butt joints before setting the sections of baseboard in place to test the fit.

Locating the studs with an inexpensive Zircon stud finder.

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