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Old 07-10-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Painted pine, 3 inch tall, 1/4 inch wide baseboard trim. The straight runs I can do. There are many angles that are not just 45, or 22.5. How can I figure the angles to cut? When will one angle be say a 15 and the next cut a 60 degree cut. What is the rule? It is on the three floor of a very old house, so I will be running up and down for every cut.

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I use A Starrett 505. It tells you exactly what angle to cut instantly, no figuring needed.
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Inside corners need to be coped, if not there's going to be gaps.

When I trim the bases in an old house I prefer to use 1X lumber, 1/4 round and base cap molding, instead of premade trim.
Reason being the walls are often plaster and are never flat so having a more flexible molding will help fill in the gaps better.
Some of the things your going to have to work around is the floors are not going to be flat or level.
The eye is going to notice if you try and force the trim down so it's tight to the floor, so do not try it. Try and set it so the trim is level and let some 1/4 rd. or shoe molding cover the gap.
#2, In most cases the inside and outside corners will not be a perfect 90 deg. and also never be perfectly plumb. Often times a little shimming, or nailing the trim together before it's attached to the wall is called for.

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luckily on this job I have caulk available. Those little gauges are just what I was hoping for. These are plaster walls, and I would not be surprised if everything was out of wack. I watched some videos on coping. Jobs like this is what separates a professional from a diy person. I will post back in ten years when I get good at this stuff. Thanks again Joe
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This is so simple. And without any gauge at all... just two pieces of 1x4.

Just lay them together at a corner (Outside or inside... though you SHOULD "cope" inside corners), and draw a line, as is shown by the arrow.

That is the line to set your saw up on. That's all there is to it. There is no need for you to have even the slightest idea what the degree numbers are on a baseboard corner. You only need that line.
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I use a coping saw for all inside corners.
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Just got back from a friends house, he gave me all the gauges and such. Taught me how to figure all the angles. Went on about coping ,compound miter cuts, how the length changes with the angles. Then I look and see two pieces of wood with a line. This is just awesome.
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A lot of us forget that our grandfathers had none of the fancy stuff we use today. And the pyramids, coliseums, aqueducts, massive road systems, castles, temples & cathedrals, etc. managed to get built with next to nothing. And if not for wars and other destructive tendencies of man, many would still be intact today.
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Someone point the direction as to where I turn my tools in. I am going back to just pulling weeds. The angles were all different around every turn. The walls and floors were a real mess. Not sure how much practice this will take, but I assume a good deal.
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Every corner is a single and separate project. Don't think you are going to get one angle that will fit all corners. Ain't gonna happen.

Why you think we make all the big money?
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Like any learned skill--speed will come with practice---

I often use another brainless trick for finding off angles---a folded sheet of paper.

Fold the sheet to match the inside corner--then fold that in half to get your miter angle---
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Every corner is a single and separate project. Don't think you are going to get one angle that will fit all corners. Ain't gonna happen.

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We make the big money?
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a longer spanned object like the board shown above or 4' or 2' level will help show how the corners, inside and out could be built out. especially in the inside corners, they will be built out from metal lath,horse hair and multiple plaster pulls and not in plane with the rest of the wall. I press base in to wall with boot while nailing as much as possible to float out the inaccuracies but rely on caulk to do the rest...
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