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Preparations for Cutting a Quarter Round Molding With a Miter Saw?
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Preparations for Cutting a Quarter Round Molding With a Miter Saw?

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After installing the baseboard moldings, it’s common to finish off with a small piece of molding that covers the gap between the floor and the bottom of the baseboards.

You can use one of 2 types of moldings: a shoe molding (also known as a base shoe or 1/8-round molding) or a quarter-round molding.

The two look pretty similar but the quarter-round is usually larger, as it’s a full one-quarter of a round dowel, and it’s the one we will be addressing in this article.

A quarter-round is a long trim of flexible lengths of wood of oak, hemlock, pine, MDF, or even polystyrene.

It gets this name because of the fact that when you look at it from the end, it appears to be a full one-quarter of a full circle with both flat faces the same width.

It works great for trim purposes where you’ve replaced your carpeted floors with tiles, woods, laminates or even concrete and you need something to cover up the gap between the baseboards and the replacement floor.

It’s a great alternative for removing and re-hanging your baseboards.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Quarter-round molding

  • Paint/stain and varnish (preferred)

  • Tape measure

  • Carpenter’s pencil

  • A miter saw or manual miter box and back saw

  • Earplugs and an eye protection

  • Electric brad nailer

  • Wood glue


1. Measure the length of your room

  • To start off well-prepared, make sure to carefully measure alongside the base of the walls where you want to attach the molding with a measuring tape and a pencil.

  • This helps you estimate the total length you would need for the room(s) you’re working on.

  • Make sure to leave an extra foot or two for any possible errors and to use it as scraps to get more accurate angles.

2. Pre-finish the trim

  • It would serve you well to finish the long trim pieces before you measure, cut, and install them.

  • You can paint it or apply stain and varnish. This would make the process easier than if you wait until you nail the pieces in place.

  • Buy stain-grade hardwood molding that is the same kind as your baseboards or floors.

  • Once the stain has dried, coat the piece with varnish and let it dry before you install it.

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