You can apply these cutting methods to all hardwood flooring installation methods
1A. To help with installation, shim the flooring up with a scrap block to cut a relief angle, Becareful, keep your fingers away from blade.
1B. You can see the relief cut, here. This will make putting in the final piece much easier, also. And if you left the baseboards in place, you'll be able to make tight cuts.
2A. Notice how the cut mark is located above the tongue, this will compensate for expansion gaps.
2B. Use this cutting method, to compensate for expansion gap, when you remove the baseboards.
3A. With baseboards in place, make your cut mark at the edge of the top face of the hardwood flooring.
3B. Make a relief cut and you'll have an exact fit. Some walls are not perfectly straight, you can adjust the miter angle to compesate for any error.
4A. Set your table saw to cut a relief, so that your hardwood flooring is easier to install.
4B. The perfect relief angle is 15 degrees, to great of an angle and you will have a feather edge that can break or splinter. To little and you'll have a difficult time installing the piece.
4C. You'll always need to cut in filler strips at some point of the job.
Use this scribe method on all hardwood flooring installation method, Staple, Glue down flooring or Laminate floating floors.
4D. Using a straight piece, place it on top of the final row. Align the edge with the joint below, indicated as a pencil mark in this image.
4E. Using a scrap piece as a scribe block, place it upside down with the relief facing upwards, and the groove side against our baseboard.
4D. Holding your piece in place make a mark.
4E. When you make your cut, be sure to cut the relief on the proper side. The groove side should always be on the right side of your table saw.
4F. Use a tapping block to prevent damages from your hammer. Also cut a relief on your tapping block, to prevent damaging your baseboards.
4G. The tapping block should be tapped tight to your hardwood flooring to ensure that it is completely down.
4H. Properly acclimate your hardwood flooring, and with a properly cut piece, demonstrated here. You do not need to remove your baseboards, to do a hardwood flooring installation.
5A. With the baseboards removed, set-up and mark your filler strip as explained in the previous images.
5B. Align a straight piece to the final row, that was installed.
5C. When scribing your filler strip without the baseboard in place. Place the tongue side against the wall, as shown.
5D. Make your mark.
Tip: Keep your pencil sharp to a point, when making your cut marks. This will make a much accurate cut.
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