How to cut skirting without taking it off??

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by tph1, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. tph1

    tph1 Member

    Does anyone know of a tool or method of cutting a skirting board (ie to reduce its length) without removing it from the wall ??
  2. diyhopeful

    diyhopeful Active Member

    It depends on how much you've got to do and the depth of skirting board and how it's fixed on. Is it for a door opening ? It may be better to take the whole piece off and match with new. Recommended way in my book is to pry the board off a little to give you more room. But this isn't always possible.

    A Fein will cut it well but costs a fortune for the DIY'er. Much better to use a small saw or for as much as you can and chisel for the rest. But depending on your skill the straight edge may look a little....unstraight......

    But there are loads of other ways to do it and I'm sure the professionals will be along soon to add their twopenneth.
  3. dewaltdisney

    dewaltdisney New Member

    As DIY says, there are many ways of doing this but a simple way would be to stitch drill a line of holes to form a cut line and use a chisel to finish it off.

    When the waste part of skirting is removed you can clean the edge up by further chisel work and sanding. It is just a bit long winded but it does work.

  4. tph1

    tph1 Member

    cheers boys
  5. big all

    big all Screwfix Select

    as said above by dwd and diy

    also i would add to this method when cleaning up the edges lever the skirting a few mill of the wall insert a thin bit ply or hardboard [to protect the chisel]
    you can also use a piece of wood the same hight at least 18mm thick and cut to the correct angle eg 90% nail in place temporary or support with your knee in line with where you want to cut
    hold the chisel firmly on the end off the off cut and you will get a neat strait cut with a sharp chisel

    big all
  6. tph1

    tph1 Member

    How about a dremel with a wood cutting attachment ??

    I'm answering my own question now !
  7. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    OK. Here's a way to do it. It's not easy, and if you have to do lots, it'll kill ya.

    You can (if you must) cut it at 45 degrees, or 90.
    Drill a hole at the bottom (so you don't have to cut right down there) use a block of wood as a guide and steadier, and use a tenon saw to cut the skirting (make sure it's sharp) Don't cut the wallpaper. To help with that I have used a bit of corrugated cardboard(you can dig the teeth in in the right place through the first layer of cardboard.
    More difficult to do at 45 degrees, but same priciple, having your block of wood preshaped at 45.

    As I said, not easy, but can be done.

    Handyandy - really
  8. dewaltdisney

    dewaltdisney New Member


    I thought you might have suggested cutting it with a biscuit jointer :)

  9. D.E.B.S

    D.E.B.S New Member

    i would go for stitch drilling and chisle way myself (a lot quicker if your chisle is sharp)
  10. ianparkesy

    ianparkesy New Member

    Use a fein multi . Its the only tool that i have come across that will do it properly
  11. panlid

    panlid New Member

    an axe.
  12. D.E.B.S

    D.E.B.S New Member

    would of thought handyman would have come up with that sid ;)
  13. Adbuild

    Adbuild New Member

    You could get most of it with a Jig-saw, plunging it in at the top. Finish off with a tennon saw and chisel
  14. Binfield Carpenter

    Binfield Carpenter New Member

    When I have to do this I use a Fein multicut with the blade running down a block of wood pinned to the skirting. This gives a very clean edge at exactly right angles. If I have forgotten to pack the Fein I use the line of drill hole and finish off with a hand chisel method. Trouble with this is that skirting that has been on the wall a long time is often very dry and will splinter very easily.

  15. bodget&scarpers

    bodget&scarpers New Member

    bicky jointer,then trim with an adze!
  16. panlid

    panlid New Member

    like it bodgey baby :)
  17. Chippy John

    Chippy John New Member

    Sharp jacksaw and finish it off with a cheap but sharp chisel that I keep for just such an occasion.

    I'll have it done by the time you've found somewhere to plug in all them fancy Dan toys.
  18. panlid

    panlid New Member

    john is that what you say to the wife when she gets her d*o out?

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  19. ajb1

    ajb1 New Member

    no no no you have all got it wrong the easiest way it to watch someone else do it
  20. Chippy John

    Chippy John New Member

    john is that what you say to the wife when she gets
    her d*o out?

    No Sid, I just remind her that she'll have to organise a redundancy package if she plans to keep it up. (oops, bit of a Freudian slip there)

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