How To "DIY"
DIY How to skirtings and architraves
Timber skirting and architrave work requires the following tools.
Mitre box (or drop saw) copping saw...
wood glue measuring tape combination square
bullet head fixing nails
Architraves lengths should be cut slightly over size for each side of the window, if you grab your tape and measure all sides of the windows then add enough for your mitre cut on the architrave both ends.
Once you have rough cut all your pieces you can now set your quirk with your combination square. The quirk is the distance from the inside of your window frame and the first edge of your architrave.
normally around 3mm to 4mm is sufficient.
Now you can hold your rough cut architrave length onto your window and transfer these quirk marks to your timber. making sure you have enough timber each end of the architrave to cut the mitre joint.
When nailing the architraves onto the window itself it a good idea to not nail to close to your mitre joint so as to leave a bit of play for movement joining up the mitres. Also before you nail any architraves be sure to hold it in place to check your mitre, if the window is out of square then planing of the mitre edge will be required with a small block plane or even re cutting to the exact angle.
Skirting boards joins can be mitred or scribed, scribing generally gives a better join. To scribe your skirting board joints you need to start from the right hand side of the door into the room clockwise around the room.
Firstly you can measure from the back of the door architrave to the wall, if this is the first piece of skirting to go in place then each end will be a square cut. the next piece of skirting will now have to be scribed to fit the piece already nailed in position. You need to create an internal mitre on the end of the skirting joining the nailed piece on the wall. basically a 45 degree cut from back of the skirting to the front of the skirting piece. Once this cut is made you will be able to see the face edge taking the profile line of the architrave, this is the line you need to cut with your copping saw. Once cut it is time to measure the length of skirting required. you can measure from the face of the nailed piece on the wall to the next wall, where the skirting will join. so once you have the measurement to the wall the new piece can be measured from you new scribed cut to where you will cut a square edge and repeat the process.
For Architraves and skirting work
Sydney Wide Carpenters
Phone or text 0417 223 923 Land line 96533105
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