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I had to cut six existing skirting boards today that were already on the bottom of the wall. Took quite a while because of the awkward angle. Are there any specific tools that can make an easier job of that?
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Multitool?
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Argyll wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:04 am
Multitool?
Any particular one? Especially for that awkward angle, against the wall.
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Any multitool.

Without making any recommendation, I post this video solely because, at 2 minutes 40 seconds approx., it shows cutting a skirting board.


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Just add that it is worth spending a bit of time scribing the proposed cut lines with a knife and square. This allows the plunge saw blade to locate in the groove to keep the cut straight. I have used a block of wood screwed to the board as a guide as well as I find it a bit difficult to keep the tool cutting straight due to the vibration. I might just be a Larry limp wrist though.

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dewaltdisney wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:12 am
I find it a bit difficult to keep the tool cutting straight due to the vibration. I might just be a Larry limp wrist though.

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Your not alone, I find the blade wanders on a flat surface. Never thought to scribe tho, will do in the future.

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OP why not post a photo ?
Its sometimes best plan to remove the whole length of skirting and then make the cuts. Then, if you have one, you can use a mitre saw etc.
You definitely have to remove a length to cut a scribe.
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Thank you all, great ideas, and special thanks for the vid - will look into a multi tool.
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dewaltdisney wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:12 am
Just add that it is worth spending a bit of time scribing the proposed cut lines with a knife and square. This allows the plunge saw blade to locate in the groove to keep the cut straight. I have used a block of wood screwed to the board as a guide as well as I find it a bit difficult to keep the tool cutting straight due to the vibration. I might just be a Larry limp wrist though.

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If you mark it with a stanley knife rather than a pencil the blade cuts a lot better. It follows the least path of resistance. I rarely use a pencil for marking now I often use a stanley blade.

Oops DW beat me to it :thumbright:
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_Chris_ wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:11 pm
Thank you all, great ideas, and special thanks for the vid - will look into a multi tool.
if you don't use it that much just buy a corded one. They're a lot cheaper. You should find one on FB Marketplace/Gumtree at the moment as people received cordless ones from Santa.
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