How to Cut Skirting Boards and Door Stops with a Multi-Cutter

Laying laminate or tiled flooring can be tricky once you get to the wall or the door! Smart folks know that using an oscillating multi-tool is the easiest, quickest and best way to trim the skirting board and door stop in order for you to slot the laminate board or tile flush with the wall.
cutting skirting boards with the Fein AFMM14 Multimaster Cordless Kit

In this quick guide from Toolstop, with assistance from the giants of the multi-cutting world Fein, we'll show you the way use your tool properly, and the blades that you should consider having in your kit to do it.

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What's the Best Blade for Cutting Skirting With an Oscillating Multi-Tool

One thing that can be a bit confusing is the huge number of accessories available for your multi-cutter. Obviously the key is to make sure you're using a blade that's been designed for the job you want to get done. However, the temptation can be to just slap any old blade onto the tool and hope for the best.

Instead we want to recommend 3 blades from Smart, and the reasons you should own them.



Plus we'll share a handy tip from Nathan at Fein as to the quickest and cleanest way to make the cut. Keep reading...and have a look at some top multi-cutters below:

Smart H32FT1 Multi Tool Fine Tooth Saw Blade

Smart H32FT1 Multi Tool Fine Tooth Saw Blade
The Smart H32FT1 is a fine tooth multi tool saw blade which will fit on almost any oscillating multitool on the market. Ideal for timber, timber overlay, flooring, plastics and precise timber cutting up to 42mm deep.

Smart H44BM1 Multi Tool HSS Bi-Metal Saw Blade

Smart H44BM1 Multi Tool HSS Bi-Metal Saw Blade
The Smart H44BM1 is a HSS bi-metal multi tool saw blade which fit on almost any oscillating multitool on the market. Ideal for general purpose use when cutting timber with nails, non ferrous metals and PVC up to 42mm.

Smart H63FT1 Multi Tool Fine Tooth Saw Blade

Smart H63FT1 Multi Tool Fine Tooth Saw Blade
As with the previous two Smart blades, this will fit virtually all of the multi-cutters on the market thanks to the available adaptors.

The Smart H63FT1 is fine tooth multi tool saw blade, ideal for timber, timber overlay, flooring, plastics and precise timber cutting up to 42mm deep.

Which Blade Should You Choose?

Nathan from Fein explains which blade he favours for cutting skirting boards when laying laminate or tiled flooring, watch it on Toolstop TV.


So, simply put, the recommended blade for this type of application the Smart H32FT1.

Top Tips for Cutting Skirting Boards and Door Stops with a Multi-Cutter

We've got 2 tips from Nathan for you on how to make the best and quickest cut with the narrow Long Life blade fitted to your oscillating multi-cutter.

how to cut skirting boards with an oscillating multi-cutter

  1. cut in at an angle. Rather than using your multi-cutter to plunge into the wood, cut into the wood at an angle and then ease it in a continuous motion along the skirting board. This method also helps clear the cutting line from sawdust, helping to reduce the amount of heat generated at the front edge of the blade, which will help lengthen its life
  2. gently rock the tool as you cut. This also helps clear away debris from the cut, keeping the heat down, but also using more of the blade face to cut rather putting too much workload onto only one part of the blade. Again, this helps lengthen the life of the accessory

What's your favourite multi-cutter accessory? And what jobs do you absolutely depend on it for? Tell us in the comments below!

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Comments

Myron Parker on Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:22:24 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Hi!
Mark, the well mentioned guide to cut the baseboards and door stops within a less efforts. There are many tools are used in market to easily cut and install skirting boards. This multi-cutter tool would be helpful in some cases when we need to remove and replace skirting boards when installing tiles, laminate flooring or carpets.


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